Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies rose $0.59 (1.4%) to $42.24 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,968,850 shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,078,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.57-$42.56 after having opened the day at $41.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.65. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 5.5%, HCI Group ( HCI), up 5.0%, Citizens ( CIA), up 5.0% and Radian Group ( RDN), up 4.2%.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $22.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), down 4.5%, China Life Insurance ( LFC), down 2.4%, CNinsure ( CISG), down 2.4% and Aegon ( AEG), down 2.4%.

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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