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

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Radian Group rose $0.34 (2.6%) to $13.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,862,485 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,886,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.49-$14.10 after having opened the day at $13.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.21. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: HCI Group ( HCI), up 12.6%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 7.8%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 3.9% and Federated National ( FNHC), up 2.3%.

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 109.3% 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 negative front, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 5.4%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), down 3.3%, CorVel Corporation ( CRVL), down 3.2% and State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), down 3.2% , 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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