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

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Radian Group ( RDN) pushed the Insurance industry lower today making it today's featured Insurance laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Radian Group fell $0.17 (-1.1%) to $15.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,666,043 shares of Radian Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,133,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.77-$16.24 after having opened the day at $16.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.07. Other companies within the Insurance industry that declined today were: HCI Group ( HCI), down 19.0%, Citizens ( CIA), down 3.8%, PICO Holdings ( PICO), down 2.9% and eHealth ( EHTH), down 1.9%.

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 9.2% 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 positive front, United Insurance Holdings ( UIHC), up 6.8%, Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 3.9%, CNinsure ( CISG), up 3.9% and Imperial Holdings ( IFT), up 3.8% , 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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