Aflac Inc (AFL): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Aflac ( AFL) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Aflac rose $0.79 (1.4%) to $58.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,574,131 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,274,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.12-$59.38 after having opened the day at $58.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.16. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 16.2%, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), up 3.6%, CNO Financial Group ( CNO), up 3.5% and Arthur J. Gallagher ( AJG), up 3.2%.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac 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 attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Hallmark Financial Services ( HALL), down 3.4%, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 3.2%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 2.9% and Citizens ( CIA), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with PartnerRe ( PRE) 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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