MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, MGIC Investment Corporation rose $0.11 (1.2%) to $9.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,957,793 shares of MGIC Investment Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,751,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.75-$9.46 after having opened the day at $9.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.08. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI), up 1.7% and Fidelity and Guaranty Life ( FGL), up 1.6%.

MGIC Investment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides mortgage insurance to lenders and government sponsored entities in the United States. MGIC Investment Corporation has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate MGIC Investment Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MGIC Investment Corporation as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), down 6.6%, First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 5.1%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), down 4.4% and National Interstate Corporation ( NATL), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with American International Group ( AIG) 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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