Chubb Corp (CB): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

Chubb ( CB) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Chubb fell $1.49 (-1.7%) to $85.51 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,691,951 shares of Chubb exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,041,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.15-$86.99 after having opened the day at $86.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.00. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), down 4.7%, First American Financial ( FAF), down 3.4%, MBIA ( MBI), down 3.1% and Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 2.8%.

The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Chubb has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Chubb a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chubb 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, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 3.4%, eHealth ( EHTH), up 3.2%, State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), up 3.1% and ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 2.4% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Manulife Financial Corporation ( MFC) 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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