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  1. A.M. Best Rates W.R. Berkley Corp. with a Stable Outlook - Analyst ...

    January 23, 2015
    W.R. Berkley Corp. (WRB) gets its investment grade rating affirmed by A.M. Best, with a stable outlook.
  2. PartnerRe's Capital Modest; Expenses Hurt Underwriting - Analyst ...

    January 23, 2015
    On Jan 22, 2015, we issued an updated research report on PartnerRe Ltd. (PRE), citing its opportunities and challenges.
  3. First American Financial Hikes Dividend, Hits 52-Week High - ...

    January 23, 2015
    On Jan 22, First American Financial Corporation (FAF) shares scaled a 52-week high of $34.70 per share
  4. Will Zions Q4 Earnings Impress on Improved Revenue Growth? - ...

    January 23, 2015
    We anticipate Zions (ZION) to beat earnings expectations when it reports fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results on Jan ...
  5. Will Progressive Corp (PGR) Beat Q4 Earnings Estimates? - Analyst ...

    January 23, 2015
    We expect Progressive Corp. (PGR) to beat expectations when it reports fourth-quarter 2014 earnings on Jan 28, 2015.
  6. ACE Ltd Set to Beat on Q4 Earnings as Underwriting Improves - ...

    January 22, 2015
    We expect property and casualty insurer ACE Limited (ACE) to beat expectations when it reports fourth-quarter and full-year ...
  7. State Auto Financial Enhances Reserves; Shares Down - Analyst ...

    January 22, 2015
    State Auto Financial Corp. (STFC) announced that it will add pre-tax reserves worth $72 million.
  8. Will Microsoft's (MSFT) Q2 Earnings Surprise on Cloud & IoT? ...

    January 22, 2015
    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is set to report the second-quarter fiscal 2015 results on Jan 26.
  9. Will Texas Instruments (TXN) Earnings Surprise this Season? - ...

    January 22, 2015
    Texas Instruments (TXN), or 'TI', is set to report fourth-quarter 2014 results on Jan 26.
  10. Travelers Earnings Beat on Underwriting Gain; Revenues Rise - ...

    January 22, 2015
    Travelers' (TRV) operating earnings of $3.07 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014 outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate ...
  11. Do Good Buys Remain Among Beaten-Down Financials?

    January 21, 2015
    The financial sector performed the worst last month (besides energy, of course). Here's a look at some financial stocks that ...
  12. Will RLI Corp. (RLI) Earnings Surprise Again This Season? - ...

    January 21, 2015
    RLI Corp. (RLI) is set to report fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results on Jan 26. Let's see how things are shaping up ...
  13. Will Elevated Costs Weigh on BNY Mellon (BK) Q4 Earnings? - Analyst ...

    January 21, 2015
    BNY Mellon (BK) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results on Jan 23, before the market opens.
  14. Will State Street Q4 Earnings Disappoint on Rising Costs? - Analyst ...

    January 21, 2015
    State Street (STT) is scheduled to release fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results on Jan 23, before the market opens.
  15. Travelers (TRV): Will it Spring a Surprise with Q4 Earnings? ...

    January 20, 2015
    We expect property and casualty insurer The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) to beat expectations when it reports fourth-quarter ...
  16. Will Cypress Semiconductor (CY) Surprise Q4 Earnings? - Analyst ...

    January 20, 2015
    Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY) is set to report the fourth-quarter 2014 results on Jan 22. Last quarter, it posted ...
  17. RenaissanceRe's Divestitures, Capital Actions Look Good - Analyst ...

    January 19, 2015
    On Jan 16, 2015, we issued an updated research report on RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RNR).
  18. Will Advanced Micro (AMD) Disappoint Q4 Earnings Season? - Analyst ...

    January 19, 2015
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is set to report fourth-quarter 2014 results on Jan 20.
  19. Chubb Corp: Now a Strong Buy on Upward Estimate Revisions - Analyst ...

    January 16, 2015
    On Jan 14, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Chubb Corp. (CB) by two notches to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy)
  20. Time to Add Travelers Companies (TRV) to Your Portfolio? - Analyst ...

    January 15, 2015
    On Jan 15, Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) to a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
  21. Global Indemnity Completes Buy, Acquiree's Rating Affirmed - ...

    January 13, 2015
    Global Indemnity Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Global Indemnity plc (GBLI), recently acquired American Reliable Insurance ...
  22. Navigators Group Upped to Strong Buy, Core Growth Solid - Analyst ...

    January 9, 2015
    On Jan 9, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Navigators Group Inc. (NAVG) by a notch to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  23. MetLife's Capital Strong, Stringent Regulations a Hitch - Analyst ...

    January 9, 2015
    On Jan 9, we issued an updated research report on MetLife Inc. (MET), citing its opportunities and challenges.
  24. AmTrust Financial Completes Public Offering of $3 Million - Analyst ...

    January 9, 2015
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (AFSI) announced the sale of 3 million shares of its common stock in its underwritten public ...
  25. State Auto Financial Inks Catastrophe Reinsurance Agreement - ...

    January 8, 2015
    State Auto Financial Corp. (STFC) announced that the State Auto Group has inked a one-year property aggregate excess catastrophe ...
  26. Federated National Operational, Liquidity Strength Bode Well ...

    January 8, 2015
    On Jan 8, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Federated National Holding Company (FNHC) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  27. Allstate Upped to Strong Buy; Is It in Your Portfolio Now? - ...

    January 8, 2015
    On Jan 8, 2015, Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Allstate Corp. (ALL) by a notch to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  28. A Year of Speedy Recovery for U.S. Insurers? - Industry Outlook

    January 7, 2015
    A Year of Speedy Recovery for U.S. Insurers? - Industry Outlook
  29. A Year of Speedy Recovery for U.S. Insurers? - Zacks Analyst ...

    January 7, 2015
    A Year of Speedy Recovery for U.S. Insurers? - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  30. Marsh & McLennan's Expansion Initiatives Look Promising - Analyst ...

    January 6, 2015
    On Jan 5, 2015, we issued an updated research report on Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC).
  31. Should United Insurance (UIHC) Be in Your Portfolio Now? - Analyst ...

    January 6, 2015
    On Jan 6, Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Insurance Holdings Corp. (UIHC) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  32. Allstate's Capital Secure; CAT Loss & Investments a Concern - ...

    December 23, 2014
    On Dec 23, we issued an updated research report on The Allstate Corp. (ALL) citing its opportunities and challenges.
  33. The Allstate Corp. (ALL): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 23, 2014
    Allstate's continued synergies from decent capital position, divestment of redundant operations, pricing discipline and diversified ...
  34. How To Invest In Insurance Companies

    December 9, 2014
    Knowing the special circumstances that insurance companies operate under helps in evaluating whether or not a listed insurance ...
  35. Want To Sell Life Insurance? Read This First

    September 18, 2014
    Looking for a career that offers big financial upside and the lure of self-employment? Insurance sales could well be for ...
  36. Tight Consolidation Breakouts To Watch

    September 4, 2014
    Keep an eye on these four stocks for near-term consolidation breakouts.
  37. U.S. Insurers Turn A Major Corner

    June 25, 2013
    After suffering, the property and casualty insurance industry is back. The group has reported their first underwriting profit ...
  38. Progressive Improving Quality At The Expense Of Growth

    April 11, 2013
    Progressive is still a fine insurance company, but the growth premium seems overdone today.
  39. Insurance Stock Overview - Jan 2013 - Industry Outlook

    January 22, 2013
    The U.S. insurance industry entered 2013 facing the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in billions of insured losses. ...
  40. RNR Estimates Loss from Sandy - Analyst Blog

    December 21, 2012
    RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RNR) announced its initial estimate of a net negative impact of $130 million on its fourth quarter ...
  41. Should You Invest In Insurance Stocks?

    December 11, 2012
    Don't judge insurance stocks by looking at the latest catastrophe. Washington lawmakers can change the fate of insurance ...
  42. Sandy to Hurt Insurers' 4Q Margins - Analyst Blog

    November 13, 2012
    While the U.S. property and casualty insurers had reported favorable earnings in the first nine months of 2012, superstorm ...
  43. Protect Your Portfolio with These Insurance ETFs - ETF News And ...

    October 25, 2012
    Leading up to the Q3 earnings season, investors were quite uncertain about the direction of American stocks to close out ...
  44. Allstate Upped to Outperform - Analyst Blog

    October 18, 2012
    We have promoted Allstate Corp. (ALL) with an 'Outperform' recommendation from 'Neutral' based on the significant improvement ...
  45. Allstate - Momentum

    October 10, 2012
    Shares of The Allstate Corporation (ALL) hit a 52-week high of $41.25 on October 8, as the property & casualty insurer ...
  46. Allstate Sued for Esurance Pricing - Analyst Blog

    September 19, 2012
    Allstate Corp. (ALL) has been accused of violating the terms of a contract to purchase online auto insurer Esurance from ...
  47. 4 Stocks With Potential Double Tops

    June 26, 2012
    These stocks represent potential double tops. If the signal that confirms the chart pattern materializes, look for these ...
  48. Is It A Good Idea To Invest In Triple Leveraged ETF?

    June 20, 2012
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  49. W.R. Berkley's Valuation Has Caught Up

    June 6, 2012
    W.R. Berkley's business is improving, but perhaps not enough to keep driving the stock. While long-term investors may wish ...
  50. Are Triple Leveraged ETFs a Good Idea?

    April 30, 2012
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  51. Progressive Takes One Step Forward, One-Half Back

    April 16, 2012
    Progressive shares have been strong lately, as have shares for many insurers. However, progressive's margins are soft. The ...
  52. Are Triple Leveraged ETFs a Good Idea?

    March 23, 2012
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  53. Are Triple Leveraged ETFs a Good Idea?

    January 31, 2012
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  54. 5 Stocks To Buy For Insurance

    December 29, 2011
    These leading insurers have held up quite well this year, and the outlook over the next few years supports looking at them ...
  55. Are Triple Leveraged ETFs a Good Idea?

    November 4, 2011
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  56. Berkley Looking Unloved

    April 27, 2011
    Berkley isn't getting much love, but investors shouldn't forget the solid operating history here.
  57. Progressive Perking Up

    April 18, 2011
    Progressive's growth trends look to be rebounding again, making the shares worth a closer look.
  58. 5 Bearish MACD Crossovers

    February 14, 2011
    Knowing when trends are about to reverse is tricky business, but the MACD can help.
  59. The Joys And Pains Of 3X Returns

    February 3, 2011
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  60. The BCS Portfolio: Playing College Football Sponsors

    August 13, 2010
    College football's biggest bowls, along with the BCS title game, are sponsored by blue chip names you might want to consider ...
  61. Progressive Insurance Making Progress

    July 16, 2010
    Progressive stands out for its double-digit premium and investment income growth.
  62. Progressive's Winning Ad Campaign

    April 19, 2010
    Auto insurer Progressive appears to be winning market share with its catchy TV ad campaign.
  63. How Comprehensive Is Your Income?

    September 17, 2009
    Comprehensive income is an important part of shareholder equity but is often overlooked.
  64. Deep Value Disappointments

    July 1, 2009
    In order to be truly successful, value investors need to do their homework.
  65. Allstate's Good Hands Gone Bad?

    June 12, 2009
    Allstate is a mixed bag right now; though they refused TARP money, they have exposure to mortgage-backed securities
  66. Book Value Bargains Or Just Plain Busted?

    March 18, 2009
    Companies trading under book value may be worth a look - assuming they aren't down for good reason.
  67. Business Education Courtesy Of Berkshire's Shareholder Letter

    March 4, 2009
    Warren Buffett's 2008 Berkshire Hathaway 2008 shareholder letter demonstrates how to manage businesses through thick and ...
  68. The Joys And Pains Of 3X Returns

    February 17, 2009
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  69. Is AIG DOA?

    August 27, 2008
    AIG was once the buy-and-forget champion of the insurance sector. Now the question is whether it can survive.
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