Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Watch Right Now

From the perspective of older adults, there is little good to say about the House Republican health care bill. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would significantly raise insurance costs for people in their 50s and 60s, reduce important Medicaid benefits for the frail elderly, and put more financial pressure on Medicare.

Last week, I took a first look at what the plan would mean, but we have more information about the effects of the AHCA, so let’s take a closer look:

Individual health insurance: The AHCA makes major changes in the non-group market and several are aimed directly at seniors. Overall, it would reduce Affordable Care Act subsidies by $680 billion, or one-third, and replace the ACA’s tax penalties for those without insurance with a temporary premium increase for those who allow their coverage to lapse. These and other changes would reduce the number of Americans with commercial insurance by 8 million in 2018, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Along with index ETFs, consider redeploying the capital into solid dividend producing names like Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU), AT&T (NYSE: T) and Omega Health Care (NYSE: OHI) for their expected future stability and consistent dividend payouts.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    American Equity Investment Life (NYSE: AEL) and Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Prudential (LON:PRU) had its target price hoisted by Berenberg Bank from GBX 2,400 ($30.96) to GBX 2,600 ($33.54) in a research note published on Thursday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. They currently have a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) takes such pride in its rock-solid financial condition that it uses an actual rock — the Rock of Gibraltar — as its corporate symbol. Prudential Financial backs up that claim with a balance sheet that has more cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments than total debt on it. It also claims a debt-to-equity ratio around 0.6 and a current ratio around 1.0 , which are further signs of a solid financial condition.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Symphony Asset Management LLC lowered its position in Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU) by 18.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 16,149 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 3,765 shares during the period. Symphony Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Prudential Financial were worth $1,672,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sentinel Trust Co. LBA lifted its stake in shares of Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU) by 18.0% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 65,450 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 9,980 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial comprises 1.4% of Sentinel Trust Co. LBA’s portfolio, making the stock its 15th largest position. Sentinel Trust Co. LBA’s holdings in Prudential Financial were worth $6,120,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) Director Jeffrey C. Campbell acquired 5,550 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $143.84 per share, for a total transaction of $798,312.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 7,084 shares in the company, valued at $1,018,962.56. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Aon (NYSE:AON) by 3.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 40,448 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,178 shares during the quarter. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in AON were worth $5,676,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    AON (NYSE: AON) and CorVel (NASDAQ:CRVL) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    State of Wisconsin Investment Board decreased its holdings in shares of Aon (NYSE:AON) by 9.2% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 384,127 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 38,942 shares during the quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board’s holdings in AON were worth $53,905,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Insurance Stocks To Watch Right Now: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Gifford Fong Associates bought a new position in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 3,000 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $217,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC cut its holdings in W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) by 6.4% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 61,225 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 4,153 shares during the quarter. Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC owned 0.05% of W. R. Berkley worth $4,433,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eleven brokerages that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $69.33.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    W. R. Berkley (NYSE: WRB) and State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Standard Life Aberdeen plc increased its stake in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) by 56.6% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 15,374 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,555 shares during the period. Standard Life Aberdeen plc’s holdings in W. R. Berkley were worth $1,113,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its position in shares of American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) by 12.4% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 36,736 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,048 shares during the period. Suntrust Banks Inc.’s holdings in American International Group were worth $1,998,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Traders sold shares of American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) on strength during trading on Tuesday. $17.03 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $57.49 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $40.46 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, American International Group had the 19th highest net out-flow for the day. American International Group traded up $0.20 for the day and closed at $53.37

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Gifford Fong Associates acquired a new position in shares of American International Group (NYSE:AIG) in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 44,100 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $2,400,000.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Sawtooth Solutions LLC bought a new position in Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm bought 17,428 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $922,000.

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    For the details of Stilwell Value LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Stilwell+Value+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Stilwell Value LLCOFG Bancorp (OFG) – 1,614,868 shares, 14.1% of the total portfolio. Kingsway Financial Services Inc (KFS) – 3,780,889 shares, 12.63% of the total portfolio. HopFed Bancorp Inc (HFBC) – 627,128 shares, 7.62% of the total portfolio. Alcentra Capital Corp (ABDC) – 1,251,324 shares, 7.27% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 20.66%Sound Financial Bancorp Inc (SFBC) – 228,600 shares, 7.02% of th

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    KBC Group NV lowered its position in shares of Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) by 41.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 201,808 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 142,313 shares during the period. KBC Group NV’s holdings in Principal Financial Group were worth $12,292,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shore Capital reissued their hold rating on shares of Provident Financial (LON:PFG) in a report issued on Thursday.

    PFG has been the subject of several other reports. Liberum Capital reissued a sell rating and set a GBX 483 ($6.48) price objective on shares of Provident Financial in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Peel Hunt reissued a hold rating and set a GBX 870 ($11.67) price objective on shares of Provident Financial in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced their price objective on Provident Financial from GBX 1,100 ($14.76) to GBX 750 ($10.06) and set a neutral rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 10th. Barclays reissued an underweight rating and set a GBX 584 ($7.84) price objective on shares of Provident Financial in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Societe Generale lowered Provident Financial to a hold rating and set a GBX 1,050 ($14.09) price objective for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Provident Financial presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of GBX 1,190.14 ($15.97).

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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    Principal Financial Group (PFG) Approves New $300M Buyback (streetinsider.com) Principal Financial Group (PFG) Announces Share Repurchase Plan (americanbankingnews.com) Is Principal Large Cap Growth I Institutional (PLGIX) a Strong Mutual Fund Pick Right Now? (finance.yahoo.com) Principal Financial Group is Oversold (nasdaq.com) Principal Names New Chief Human Resources Officer (finance.yahoo.com)

    Several equities analysts have recently commented on PFG shares. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on Principal Financial Group from $79.00 to $77.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Wells Fargo reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and issued a $76.00 target price on shares of Principal Financial Group in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Principal Financial Group in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $62.00 target price on the stock. Bank of America started coverage on Principal Financial Group in a research report on Monday, March 26th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $65.00 target price on the stock. Finally, UBS started coverage on Principal Financial Group in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $69.00 target price on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Principal Financial Group currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $71.18.

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