Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Radian Group ( RDN) 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, Radian Group rose $0.16 (1.1%) to $14.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,507,525 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,385,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.52-$14.81 after having opened the day at $14.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.45. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: National Security Group ( NSEC), up 4.5%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 2.6%, MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 2.4% and AMERISAFE ( AMSF), up 1.9%.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 136.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 4.1%, MBIA ( MBI), down 4.0%, eHealth ( EHTH), down 2.8% and Aegon ( AEG), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with ING Groep N.V ( ING) 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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