Aflac Inc (AFL): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Aflac ( AFL) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Aflac rose $0.71 (1.1%) to $62.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,617,040 shares of Aflac exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,972,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.30-$62.95 after having opened the day at $62.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.04. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Protective Life ( PL), up 4.0%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 3.5%, ING Groep N.V ( ING), up 3.3% and CNO Financial Group ( CNO), up 3.2%.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. Aflac has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Aflac a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 12.2%, Triple-S Management Corporation ( GTS), down 5.8%, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 5.4% and Willis Group Holdings ( WSH), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with ACE ( ACE) 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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