Before the Bell Scans of CNO Financial, Assurant, ING Groep, and Old Republic Intl.

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LONDON,  March 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

The insurance industry is slowly adapting to new capital and regulatory
requirements even as they operate in a challenging market environment. The
industry is facing slow growth and is under pricing pressure, however, the main
focus for insurers such as CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CNO), Assurant Inc.
(NYSE: AIZ), ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING) and Old Republic International
Corporation (NYSE: ORI) will be to improve operating efficiencies. The industry
is also focusing on divesting non-core assets. On Friday, insurance stocks ended
on a mixed note even as the broad market rallied after concerns over  Cyprus's 
bailout deal eased a little. StockCall has taken an interest in these companies
and you can now sign up to download the free technical research on CNO, AIZ,
ING, and ORI at   

Shares of CNO Financial Group Inc. ended lower on Friday; however, the losses
were limited. The stock closed 0.09% lower at  $11.46  on volume of 2.22
million. CNO Financial's shares fell more than 1.10% last week. Despite the
pullback last week, the company's shares have had an excellent run so far in
2013, gaining more than 23%. Shares of CNO have slipped below  $11.50  support
level, which is a bearish signal. The stock's MACD has also crossed below the
signal line, which further confirms the bearish trend. Sign up today to read the
free research report on CNO at

Assurant Inc.'s shares edged higher in trading on Friday. The stock ended the
day 0.39% higher at  $44.02  on above average volume of 1.37 million. Assurant's
shares are currently trading close to their 52-week high of  $44.79. The stock
has had an excellent run so far in 2013, gaining more than 27%. Shares of AIZ
have seen a series of highs over the last few weeks. However, the stock's MACD
has just crossed below the signal line, which suggests that market sentiment has
turned bearish on the stock. Register to download the free technical analysis on
AIZ at

Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. saw a sharp decline in its shares last week.
The stock tumbled nearly 8% for the week. On Friday, it fell 1.53% to finish the
day at  $7.70  on volume of 2.42 million. Year-to-date, the stock has now fallen
more than 18.80%. The stock has slipped below  $7.75  support level, which is a
bearish signal. The bearish trend is further confirmed by the stock's MACD
chart. Shares of ING are currently trading well below their 50-day and 200-day
moving averages. Free report on ING can be accessed by registering at

Old Republic International Corporation shares edged higher in trading on Friday,
tracking gains in the broad market. The stock rose to a 52-week high of  $12.76 
at the end of last week's session before finishing the day 0.24% higher at 
$12.65  on above average volume of 2.08 million. Old Republic's shares have
outperformed the broad market so far this year, gaining more than 20%. The stock
has seen a series of highs since the start of this year, which is a strong
bullish signal. The stock's MACD is currently trading above the signal line and
the zero-line, which further confirms the bullish trend. Register with StockCall
and download the research on ORI for free at   

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