Willis Group Holdings PLC (WSH): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Willis Group Holdings ( WSH) 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, Willis Group Holdings rose $0.44 (1.0%) to $43.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 689,485 shares of Willis Group Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.53-$43.07 after having opened the day at $42.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.57. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), up 3.3%, Hallmark Financial Services ( HALL), up 2.4% and Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 1.6%.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services worldwide. Willis Group Holdings has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Willis Group Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Willis Group Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 7.6%, State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), down 6.0%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 4.2% and Citizens ( CIA), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with ACE ( ACE) 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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