Prudential Financial Inc (PRU): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Prudential Financial ( PRU) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial rose $1.14 (1.3%) to $89.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,555,153 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,008,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.72-$89.86 after having opened the day at $89.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.53. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 5.7%, National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), up 5.6%, National Security Group ( NSEC), up 5.0% and AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), up 4.9%.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $41.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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