Top Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now

What happened

Shares of Benefitfocus Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) rose on Friday after the cloud-based benefits management platform provider reported its first-quarter results. The company beat analyst estimates across the board, sending the stock up 11.5% by 12:20 p.m. EDT.

So what

Benefitfocus reported first-quarter revenue of $62.4 million, up 8.2% year over year and nearly $4 million higher than the average analyst estimate. Software services revenue grew by 4% year over year to $48.2 million, while professional services revenue soared 28% to $14.2 million. Split up a different way, employer revenue climbed 12% to $40.3 million and insurance carrier revenue edged up 1% to $22.1 million.

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Non-GAAP earnings per share came in at a loss of $0.26, up from a loss of $0.36 in the prior-year period and $0.13 higher than analysts were expecting. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $1.0 million, an improvement over the $4.3 million loss reported in the first quarter of 2017.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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    Prudential (PUK) Presents At 2018 Deutsche Bank Annual Global Financial Services Conference – Slideshow (seekingalpha.com) Leston Welsh joins Prudential Group Insurance as head of Disability and Absence Management (finance.yahoo.com) Contrasting Prudential Financial (PRU) & Old Mutual (ODMTY) (americanbankingnews.com) Prudential again accused with unauthorised money deduction (vir.com.vn) An Application for the Trademark “MULLINTBG” Has Been Filed by Prudential Insurance Company (insurancenewsnet.com)

    Prudential Financial traded down $5.05, hitting $94.97, during midday trading on Tuesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. 2,919,216 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,144,103. The company has a current ratio of 0.12, a quick ratio of 0.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35. The firm has a market cap of $42.01 billion, a PE ratio of 8.98, a P/E/G ratio of 0.97 and a beta of 1.52. Prudential Financial has a one year low of $94.51 and a one year high of $127.14.

  • [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]

    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).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Covenant Asset Management LLC lowered its position in shares of Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU) by 60.0% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 2,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 3,743 shares during the period. Covenant Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Prudential Financial were worth $253,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Wesbanco Bank Inc. raised its stake in Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU) by 5.9% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 65,335 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,655 shares during the period. Wesbanco Bank Inc.’s holdings in Prudential Financial were worth $6,110,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Jason Hall, Chuck Saletta, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    But that doesn’t mean you need to make risky bets to capture solid returns, either, and buying solid companies at reasonable prices can help create a margin of safety and improve your returns, while also decreasing your risk of permanent losses. Three stocks that meet these criteria are small healthcare real-estate specialist Caretrust REIT Inc (NASDAQ:CTRE), financial services giant Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU), and energy behemoth ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM). 

Top Insurance Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Topdanmark A/S (TOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TopCoin (CURRENCY:TOP) traded down 15.4% against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 7:00 AM E.T. on June 21st. During the last seven days, TopCoin has traded up 4% against the dollar. TopCoin has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $123.00 worth of TopCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One TopCoin coin can currently be bought for about $0.0010 or 0.00000015 BTC on popular exchanges.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    TopCoin (CURRENCY:TOP) traded flat against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 7:00 AM E.T. on September 8th. In the last seven days, TopCoin has traded flat against the U.S. dollar. TopCoin has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and $0.00 worth of TopCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day. One TopCoin coin can now be bought for about $0.0008 or 0.00000010 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
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    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) was only a DJIA member for four years when it was removed on September 22, 2008. In an ironical twist, AIG was replaced with Kraft Foods, which only lasted about four years on the index. AIG was removed during the credit and mortgage crisis and was ejected after the government propped up the insurer with stimulus funds. The shares closed most recently at $55.43.

  • [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.

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    Insurance company American International Group Inc. (AIG) stock fell 5.3% as harsh winter weather weighed on profits. But the company’s long-term care exposure is relatively minimal.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have given a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 1,244.33 ($16.57).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Glenmede Trust Co. NA cut its holdings in Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) by 61.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 235,266 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 369,372 shares during the period. Glenmede Trust Co. NA owned 0.08% of Principal Financial Group worth $12,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ING Groep NV boosted its stake in Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) by 7.8% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 27,524 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,991 shares during the period. ING Groep NV’s holdings in Principal Financial Group were worth $1,676,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    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

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