Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Radian Group fell $0.17 (-1.3%) to $13.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,932,805 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,968,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.77-$13.22 after having opened the day at $13.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.18. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: CNinsure ( CISG), down 6.3%, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 6.1%, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), down 4.2% and Federated National ( FNHC), down 4.2%.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 111.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Atlas Financial Holdings ( AFH), up 4.7%, Atlantic American ( AAME), up 2.3%, Prudential ( PUK), up 1.9% and First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), up 1.7% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with ING Groep N.V ( ING) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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