Aon Plc (AON): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Aon plc ( AON) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Aon plc fell $0.79 (-1.1%) to $73.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,374,011 shares of Aon plc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,435,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.26-$74.72 after having opened the day at $74.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.44. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: 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%.

Aon plc provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services worldwide. Aon plc has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Aon plc a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aon plc as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with Aflac ( AFL) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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