Genworth Financial Inc (GNW): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial rose $0.39 (2.5%) to $15.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,169,339 shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,298,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.69-$16.01 after having opened the day at $15.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.39. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 10.4%, Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), up 3.7%, AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), up 2.8% and ING US ( VOYA), up 2.7%.

Genworth Financial, Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth management, investment, and financial solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's U.S. Genworth Financial has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), down 8.6%, eHealth ( EHTH), down 6.9%, CorVel Corporation ( CRVL), down 4.2% and Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) 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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