Prudential Financial Inc (PRU): Today's Featured Insurance Winner

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Prudential Financial ( PRU) pushed the Insurance industry higher today making it today's featured insurance winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Prudential Financial rose $1.28 (1.6%) to $82.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,535,927 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,740,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.78-$82.73 after having opened the day at $81.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.00. Other companies within the Insurance industry that increased today were: MGIC Investment Corporation ( MTG), up 7.2%, Fortegra Financial ( FRF), up 5.4%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 4.8% and Genworth Financial ( GNW), up 4.7%.

Prudential Financial, Inc. provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $37.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), down 2.1%, Fidelity and Guaranty Life ( FGL), down 2.0% and First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), down 1.5% , were all laggards within the insurance industry with Brown & Brown ( BRO) 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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