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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Aflac rose $1.43 (2.3%) to $63.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,139,753 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,999,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.60-$63.43 after having opened the day at $62.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.99. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Tower Group ( TWGP), up 5.7%, HCI Group ( HCI), up 5.4%, Federated National ( FNHC), up 4.2% and 21st Century Holding Company ( TCHC), up 4.2%.

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 $28.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 2.9%, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 2.8%, Phoenix Companies ( PNX), down 2.2% and State Auto Financial Corporation ( STFC), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Aon plc ( AON) 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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