The American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in May but has yet to be voted on by the Senate, would repeal some parts of Obamacare and likely reduce per capita federal spending on health insurance. The proposed legislation would cut Medicaid substantially, thus impacting the revenues of health insurance companies in the U.S. However, the biggest health insurance company in the country, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), may be relatively unaffected. The insurer distanced itself from Obamacare in 2016 when it decided to back away from healthcare exchanges in many states. Additionally, Medicaid contributes less than 13% of the company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, so any impact of Medicaid cuts would likely be fairly modest. Further, UnitedHealth’s primary growth driver of late has been the Optum business, which likely wouldn’t see much of an impact from the AHCA.
AHCA Unlikely To Be Passed Anytime Soon, But UNH Is Insulated
Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Aon Corporation(AON)
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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 Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)
- [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.
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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.
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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.
Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: American International Group Inc.(AIG)
- [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
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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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- [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.
Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Invest In 2018: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)
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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.