Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial rose $0.25 (1.0%) to $24.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,296,969 shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,433,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.44-$24.91 after having opened the day at $24.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.52. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: National Security Group ( NSEC), up 4.1%, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 3.8%, United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 3.4% and Citizens ( CIA), up 1.8%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), down 3.2%, Radian Group ( RDN), down 2.8%, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), down 2.1% and Independence Holding Company ( IHC), down 2.0% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Genworth Financial ( GNW) 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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