Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRK.B): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Berkshire Hathaway rose $1.44 (1.2%) to $117.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,464,868 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,421,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $116.22-$117.17 after having opened the day at $116.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.60. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Unico American Corporation ( UNAM), up 13.0%, CNinsure ( CISG), up 9.1%, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 6.1% and NMI Holdings Inc Class A ( NMIH), up 5.2%.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $136.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Berkshire Hathaway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Third Point Reinsurance ( TPRE), down 2.4%, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), down 2.2%, AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), down 1.9% and Kingstone Companies ( KINS), down 1.8%.

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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