Prudential Financial Inc (PRU): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Prudential Financial ( PRU) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial rose $0.87 (1.1%) to $79.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,766,793 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,642,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.44-$79.78 after having opened the day at $78.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.74. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 9.4%, eHealth ( EHTH), up 3.0%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 2.2% and Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC), up 2.2%.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 47.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), down 5.2%, Triple-S Management Corporation ( GTS), down 3.7%, Aegon ( AED), down 2.5% and Meadowbrook Insurance Group ( MIG), down 2.0% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with ING Groep N.V ( ING) 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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