Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Radian Group fell $0.13 (-1.1%) to $12.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,250,569 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,811,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.67-$12.30 after having opened the day at $12.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.18. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), down 1.9% and eHealth ( EHTH), down 1.8%.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 99.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, EMC Insurance Group ( EMCI), up 5.7%, Baldwin & Lyons ( BWINA), up 4.8%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 4.2% and National Western Life Insurance ( NWLI), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Prudential Financial ( PRU) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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