Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Marsh & McLennan Companies rose $0.53 (1.1%) to $48.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,034,053 shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,980,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.58-$48.15 after having opened the day at $47.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.57. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: HCI Group ( HCI), up 14.2%, United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 9.9%, Kingstone Companies ( KINS), up 4.7% and American Equity Investment Life Holding Com ( AEL), up 4.2%.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Marsh & McLennan Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marsh & McLennan Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Employers Holdings ( EIG), down 15.4%, eHealth ( EHTH), down 8.9%, Imperial Holdings ( IFT), down 8.2% and Aegon ( AEG), down 4.9%.

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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