Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.Loews Corporation ( L) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Loews Corporation rose $0.78 (1.7%) to $47.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,101,678 shares of Loews Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.53-$47.30 after having opened the day at $46.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.42. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), up 9.0%, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 4.5%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), up 4.4% and First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 3.4%.
Loews Corporation operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company. The company operates in four segments: CNA Specialty, CNA Commercial, Life & Group Non-Core, and Other. Loews Corporation has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Loews Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Loews Corporation 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.
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