MBIA Inc (MBI): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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MBIA ( MBI) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, MBIA rose $0.23 (1.7%) to $13.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,841,735 shares of MBIA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,230,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.64-$14.03 after having opened the day at $13.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.74. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Eastern Insurance Holdings ( EIHI), up 6.1%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 2.8%, American International Group ( AIG), up 2.7% and Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 1.6%.

MBIA Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial guarantee insurance and related reinsurance, advisory, and portfolio services for the public and structured finance markets; and asset management advisory services in the United States and internationally. MBIA has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 72.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate MBIA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MBIA as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), down 6.2%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 5.6%, Meadowbrook Insurance Group ( MIG), down 4.8% and HCI Group ( HCI), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) 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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