AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (AFSI): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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AmTrust Financial Services ( AFSI) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, AmTrust Financial Services rose $1.04 (3.1%) to $35.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,190,529 shares of AmTrust Financial Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,184,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.01-$35.40 after having opened the day at $34.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.96. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: eHealth ( EHTH), up 8.6%, National Security Group ( NSEC), up 8.2%, United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 3.1% and Crawford & Company ( CRD.A), up 1.7%.

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, underwrites and provides property and casualty insurance in the United States and internationally. AmTrust Financial Services has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate AmTrust Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AmTrust Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, HCI Group ( HCI), down 7.0%, Meadowbrook Insurance Group ( MIG), down 6.1%, United Fire Group ( UFCS), down 5.0% and Donegal Group ( DGICA), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Prudential Financial ( PRU) 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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