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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now

The S&P 500 shrugged off concerns about higher interest rates to post its biggest gain in more than two months.

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The S&P 500 rose 1.4% to 2,076.06, its biggest gain since March 11, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced213.12 points, or 1.2% to 17,706.05. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 2% to 4,861.06, its highest close since April 27.

Commonwealth Financial Network’s Brad McMillan contends that a rate hike won’t derail the economy–or the stock market:

Given the minutes of its last meeting, the data since then, and the public comments by many Fed officials, the Fed clearly believes the economy is on track. Employment, one of its two mandates, is now at target levels, and inflation is well on the way. The Fed is now focused more on the risks of not acting than on the risks of acting.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) reported first-quarter results on April 26. The investment management company is benefiting from a seemingly relentless bull market despite shifting competitive dynamics within its industry.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Many of the sponsors of Bill O’Reilly’s Fox show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” have cancelled ads in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. However, two mainstream advertisers continue to support O’Reilly online via ads on his Bill O’Reilly website. Based on observations over the past 24 hours, these include LendingTree Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) and the Hefty division of Reynolds Consumer Products.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer interviews United Technologies (UTX) CEO Greg Hayes; and Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree (TREE) . Plus, don’t miss the Lightning Round. Which stocks is Cramer bullish on?

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ: TREE) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $212.90. LendingTree reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.90 per share on sales of $152.8 million. The company also raised its FY17 outlook.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.

  • [By ]

    Real Money columnist Robert Lang says that while retail “has certainly had its challenges over the past couple of years, between difficulties in the mall and then the big gorilla in the room, Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) …there are a handful of names that continue to perform well, one of those is At Home Group (HOME) .

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Digital Realty Trust Inc.(DLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Last year was brutal for hedge fund investors — but you wouldn’t know it from the fund managers’ paychecks: Link

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    Macquarie Downgraded Disney (NYSE: DIS) from Outperform to Neutral
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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.(SKT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Wednesday that it has cut its rating on Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (SKT).

    The firm has downgraded SKT from “Buy” to “Hold,” and has lowered the company’s price target from $40 to $35. This price target suggests an 8% upside from the stock’s current price of $32.22.

    Analyst Omotayo Okusanya commented: “We expect near-term headwinds for the mall and outlet mall segment as tenant sales growth appears to be slowing.”

    “At SKT, development yields on two projects have also been reduced. Further, rising interest rates negatively impact our DDM-derived PT. Our lowered PT of $35 represents a 10% total return over the next-twelve-months (NTM); we are downgrading to Hold,” added the analyst.

    Tanger Factory Outlet shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock is up more than 5% YTD.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE: SKT) traded down nearly 10% Wednesday and posted a new 52-week low of $21.14 after closing Tuesday at $23.47. The stock’s 52-week high is $34.76. Volume was around 6.9 million, nearly five times the daily average. The companr reported results after markets closed Tuesday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) , Cisco Systems (CSCO) , Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) and Consolidated Edison (ED) .

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

  • [By kiplinger]

     Old National Bancorp (ONB) is a 181-year-old financial institution with 195 branches, mainly in the Midwest. The stock, which is still down by about one-third from its prerecession high, trades at just 13 times projected 2016 earnings and yields an attractive 3.4%. If interest rates ever rise, the bank should benefit from a widening spread between its cost of funds and the interest rates borrowers pay.

    It’s a favorite of David Dreman, author of the classic 1980 book Contrarian Investment Strategy. His philosophy: “We believe that the markets are not perfectly efficient.” Some stocks, in other words, are judged by the market to be cheaper than their actual worth.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the financial sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS) and Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: OSBC).

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019

It would be fair to say biotech has had an interesting time of it over the course of the past 15 months. Except, of course, that biotech always has an interesting time of it. The go big or go home sector of the market attracts speculators, scientists, and unsavory characters, but also attracts people hoping for critical improvements to their healthcare options.

With a lot of sentiment and sometimes too little information, it can be hard to find an edge. Throw in the political questions stemming from stories like Valeant (NYSE:VRX), Sarepta (NASDAQ:SRPT), and Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL), and the interesting times don’t appear likely to go away.

With an assist from SA Managing Editor (and CFA) Mike Taylor, we asked a few authors who focus on the biotech sector to tell us which way they think the winds might blow.

Our panel:

Bret Jensen, author of The Biotech Forum ONeil Trader, author of Growth Stock Forum Bhavneesh Sharma, author of Vasuda Healthcare Analytics Chris Lau, author of Value Stocks for DIY Investors Alexander J. Poulos, author of Undervalued Gems Wall Street Titan, author of Stem Cell Sector News and Analysis

Seeking Alpha: Investors are aware of headline political risk this year, but there’s also some regulator level confusion. On one hand, we have a recent approval decision on a six-figure drug from Sarepta with controversy over efficacy, to put it mildly. On the other hand, there’s uproar over the EpiPen, which some argue is expensive but at least is acknowledged to work. How are you evaluating the FDA’s and regulators’ posture relative to industry?

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Bayer AG (BAYRY) also rose 4.13% to 97.29 on reports that its mega-merger with Monsanto Co. (MON) would likely be approved by the Department of Justice. The Wall Street Journal reported that the companies have agreed additional asset sales.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Rivaroxaban was initially developed by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It later entered an agreement with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) to jointly complete the development process in 2005.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Fertilizers are only one input when it comes to farming, the equipment business has suffered, and seed suppliers are certainly concerned. Perhaps that is why another merger occurred last week between Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY). Bayer AG agreed to buy the U.S. seed manufacturer for $128 per share or approximately $47 billion creating a mammoth company with a combined value of almost $134.5 billion. The $128 per share price works out to a valuation of around 16 times earnings, which is cheap in a market where the average of S&P 500 stocks is trading at over 26.5 times earnings. However, the weakness in the agricultural sector caused disappointing earnings for Monsanto in the third quarter and a downbeat outlook for the future caused MON to accept Bayer’s bid. Bayer bought Monsanto at a low price, lowering the risk of the transaction for the German health care and agricultural giant.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    A very risky Phase 3 drug for high cholesterol, anacetrapib, is listed and is in Phase 3; but several others of the class have failed, and there’s little reason to expect a success here (but you never know). Finally, a partnered heart failure drug that is also in Phase 3, vericiguat, is partnered with Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY). This compound failed its primary endpoint in Phase 2. Yet, the partners agreed that there was hope for the highest of the three doses. Thus, I view this drug as a very high risk Phase 3 product. Maybe it will be successful and blockbuster, but it’s no sure thing.

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    This type of spin-off is not uncommon among German companies, as they streamline their portfolios to focus on the where they have more competitive advantages in the long term. For instance, in the recent past, Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY) has split out Osram (OTC:OSAGY) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) has performed the spin-off of Covestro (OTCPK:CVXTY), something that Rheinmetall is likely to do in the near future because its auto unit has reached peak margins, and therefore this is the best time to spin-off the business.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telekomunikasi Indones (Prsr)Tbk PT-ADR (NYSE: TLK), down 4 percent, and China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHA) down 2 percent.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (PK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE: PK) fell about 2.7% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $23.91 after closing at $24.42 on Friday. The 52-week high is $29.93. Volume of more than 4.1million was more than double the daily average. The company announced a secondary offering of nearly 33 million shares along with an additional 4.94 million as an underwriter’s option and a private transaction involving another 15.75 million shares. All shares in the offering are being sold by HNA HLT Holdco I LLC, and none of the proceeds go to Park.

Top 5 Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2019: Hooker Furniture Corporation(HOFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $62.20 million.

    SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $30.49 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT) shares were also up, gaining 27 percent to $39.80 after the company reported strong results for its fourth quarter.

Hot Insurance Stocks For 2019

Shares of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are rising today, but not Wells Fargo (WFC) despite beating earnings forecasts this morning. Why? Evercore ISI’s John Pancari and team single out Wells Fargo’s exposure to energy:

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Wells Fargo reported 1Q16 EPS of $0.99. Ex gain on sale of Wells Fargo’s crop insurance biz (+$0.05), hedge ineffectiveness gain (+$0.05), and sec gains (+$0.03), we peg core EPS at $0.86 vs our estimate of $0.93 and cons $0.97. Miss from our est was due higher expenses (-$0.05), higher loan-loss provisions (-$0.02), lower net-interest income (-$0.02), and higher tax rate (-$0.01), partly offset by higher than expected fees (+$0.03). Overall, a weak qtr marked by a sizable energy loan-loss-reserve build and higher expenses.

Hot Insurance Stocks For 2019: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Hot Insurance Stocks For 2019: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

    Read more of Cramer’s comments about the stocks in the Lightning Round.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Prudential Financial (PRU) is also a major provider of asset management and retirement services. It focuses is on fixed income, a major liability during the past eight years of ultra-low interest rates.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) has long had the Rock of Gibraltar as its corporate symbol, representing its solid financial position. With more cash and equivalents than debt on its balance sheet, and a total cash hoard of over $49 billion, Prudential still looks set up to handle some downright awful insurable losses. That’s its “Rock of Gibraltar” strength showing through.

Hot Insurance Stocks For 2019: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

Hot Insurance Stocks For 2019: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Massive job losses. Lower wages. Shuttered factories. Brownouts and blackouts.

That’s the grim future that President Trump said he was trying to avoid when he announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate change deal.

“Compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025,” he said, citing a study from NERA Economic Consultants.

NERA is a well known economic research firm that is part of Marsh & McLennan, an insurance brokerage and risk management firm.

The study was done on behalf of a conservative public interest group, the the American Council for Capital Formation.

But the author of the study says the conclusions of the report are its own, and were not dictated by the sponsor.

“We never rely on [sponsors] to say what the results will be,” said Sugandha Tuladhar, the study’s primary author.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

    Read more of Cramer’s comments about the stocks in the Lightning Round.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Prudential Financial (PRU) is also a major provider of asset management and retirement services. It focuses is on fixed income, a major liability during the past eight years of ultra-low interest rates.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) has long had the Rock of Gibraltar as its corporate symbol, representing its solid financial position. With more cash and equivalents than debt on its balance sheet, and a total cash hoard of over $49 billion, Prudential still looks set up to handle some downright awful insurable losses. That’s its “Rock of Gibraltar” strength showing through.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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New York-based Atria Wealth Solutions (Atria) announced the news Wednesday, which entails the purchase of CUSO Financial Services (CFS) and Sorrento Pacific Financial (SPF).

There was not a slowdown in news at major broker-dealers this summer.

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Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2018: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2018: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2018: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    We’re seeing the exact same price pattern playing out in shares of $29 billion risk and insurance consultancy firm Aon plc (AON) . Aon has been a strong performer for all of 2016, up 20% since the calendar flipped to January. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the move – an ascending triangle pattern is signaling a second leg higher here. For Aon, the breakout level to watch is resistance up at $113.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2018: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Prudential Financial (PRU) is also a major provider of asset management and retirement services. It focuses is on fixed income, a major liability during the past eight years of ultra-low interest rates.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

    Read more of Cramer’s comments about the stocks in the Lightning Round.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) has long had the Rock of Gibraltar as its corporate symbol, representing its solid financial position. With more cash and equivalents than debt on its balance sheet, and a total cash hoard of over $49 billion, Prudential still looks set up to handle some downright awful insurable losses. That’s its “Rock of Gibraltar” strength showing through.