Allstate Corp (ALL): Today's Featured Insurance Laggard

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Allstate ( ALL) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Allstate fell $0.78 (-1.5%) to $52.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,499,604 shares of Allstate exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,539,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.17-$53.17 after having opened the day at $53.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.96. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: National Security Group ( NSEC), down 11.3%, American National Insurance ( ANAT), down 4.7%, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 4.1% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), down 2.6%.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products primarily in the United States. Allstate has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Allstate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allstate as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, United Fire Group ( UFCS), up 15.1%, China Life Insurance Co Ltd ADR repr Class ( LFC), up 5.2%, American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), up 5.2% and Triple-S Management Corporation ( GTS), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) being today's featured insurance industry leader.

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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