Radian Group Inc. (RDN): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Radian Group rose $0.16 (1.0%) to $15.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,712,358 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,267,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.38-$15.78 after having opened the day at $15.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.50. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 2.6%, Maiden Holdings ( MHLD), up 2.4%, National Western Life Insurance ( NWLI), up 2.3% and PICO Holdings ( PICO), up 2.1%.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Radian Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radian Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Donegal Group ( DGICB), down 6.5%, CoreLogic ( CLGX), down 5.4%, NMI Holdings Inc Class A ( NMIH), down 4.5% and eHealth ( EHTH), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with MetLife ( MET) 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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