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

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Genworth Financial ( GNW) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Genworth Financial fell $0.32 (-1.9%) to $16.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,549,225 shares of Genworth Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,880,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.03-$16.47 after having opened the day at $16.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.41. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: Phoenix Companies ( PNX), down 8.0%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 6.2%, Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), down 3.4% and CNinsure ( CISG), down 3.3%.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Genworth Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 6.5%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 4.2% and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation ( IPCC), up 2.1%.

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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