Validus Holdings Inc. (VR): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

Validus Holdings ( VR) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Validus Holdings rose $0.65 (1.8%) to $36.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,459,415 shares of Validus Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,127,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.20-$36.12 after having opened the day at $35.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.47. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 5.6%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), up 4.6%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 3.1% and Tower Group ( TWGP), up 2.9%.

Validus Holdings, Ltd. through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance, insurance, and insurance linked securities fund management services in the property, marine, and specialty lines markets worldwide. Validus Holdings has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Validus Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Validus Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 4.4%, eHealth ( EHTH), down 3.6%, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), down 3.5% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Radian Group ( RDN) being today's insurance industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the insurance industry could consider KBW Insurance ETF ( KIE) while those bearish on the insurance industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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