Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Fidelity National Financial ( FNF) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fidelity National Financial rose $0.55 (1.7%) to $33.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,834,551 shares of Fidelity National Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,310,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.66-$33.43 after having opened the day at $32.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.67. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: Global Indemnity ( GBLI), up 8.1%, EMC Insurance Group ( EMCI), up 7.5%, Independence Holding Company ( IHC), up 5.1% and Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 3.8%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 4.0%, Employers Holdings ( EIG), down 3.6%, Meadowbrook Insurance Group ( MIG), down 3.3% and Kingstone Companies ( KINS), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG) 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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