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

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Validus Holdings ( VR) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Validus Holdings fell $0.36 (-1.0%) to $35.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 784,849 shares of Validus Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,129,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.01-$35.70 after having opened the day at $35.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.43. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 15.2%, Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), down 7.3%, AMERISAFE ( AMSF), down 4.9% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 3.3%.

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. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), up 12.5%, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), up 6.7%, MetLife ( MET), up 6.3% and StanCorp Financial Group ( SFG), up 4.9% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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