Lincoln National Corp (Radnor PA) (LNC): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Lincoln National Corp (Radnor ( LNC) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lincoln National Corp (Radnor fell $0.45 (-1.1%) to $42.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,228,542 shares of Lincoln National Corp (Radnor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,472,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.91-$42.31 after having opened the day at $42.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.60. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Tower Group ( TWGP), down 15.4%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 4.4%, MBIA ( MBI), down 4.0% and United Fire Group ( UFCS), down 2.0%.

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. The company operates in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection segments. Lincoln National Corp (Radnor has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 62.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lincoln National Corp (Radnor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lincoln National Corp (Radnor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Federated National ( FNHC), up 2.4%, 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), up 2.4% and HCI Group ( HCI), up 2.1%.

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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