ALL : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Benzinga Market Primer: Thursday, August 1: Futures Up On Europe ...

    August 1, 2013
    Futures Higher on Economic Data U.S. equity futures are significantly up in early pre-market trade based on strong Asian ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. Fitch Avows Allstate's Credibility - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    Fitch Ratings asserted the debt and credit ratings of Allstate Corp. and assigned rating its newly issued notes worth $1 ...
  4. Navigators Ends 2012 on a High Note - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Navigators Group Inc.'s (NAVG) fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of 59 cents breezed past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of ...
  5. Everest Re Gains on Lower Costs - Analyst Blog

    February 8, 2013
    Everest Re Group Ltd. (RE) reported fourth quarter 2012 operating earnings of 80 cents per share, substantially beating the ...
  6. Brightcove Reports Mixed 4Q - Analyst Blog

    February 5, 2013
    Brightcove Inc. (BCOV) reported a loss of 13 cents in the fourth quarter of 2012, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate ...
  7. A.M. Best Asserts Allstate's Debt - Analyst Blog

    February 1, 2013
    Ratings agency - A.M. Best Co. affirmed the debt and credit ratings of Allstate Corp. (ALL) and its subsidiaries. Accordingly, ...
  8. 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. ...
  9. Allstate Corp. Upgraded to Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    January 14, 2013
    On January 12, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Allstate Corp. (ALL) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).      Why the Upgrade? ...
  10. Cincinnati Upgraded to Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    January 14, 2013
    On January 12, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).    ...
  11. PartnerRe Affirmed by Fitch - Analyst Blog

    January 10, 2013
    On Wednesday, Fitch Ratings affirmed the issuer default rating (IDR) of PartnerRe Ltd. (PRE) at "A+" and the insurer financial ...
  12. Sandy to Dent 4Q Earnings at RE - Analyst Blog

    December 27, 2012
    U.S. reinsurer Everest Re Group, Ltd. (RE), expects to incur a loss to the tune of $220 million due to hurricane Sandy. This ...
  13. Neutral on ACE Limited - Analyst Blog

    December 26, 2012
    We have retained our Neutral recommendation on ACE Limited (ACE).The exposure to catastrophe loss, low interest rate environment ...
  14. PartnerRe Evaluates 4Q CAT Loss - Analyst Blog

    December 26, 2012
    Recently, property-casualty and life reinsurer - PartnerRe Ltd. (PRE) - announced the pre-tax catastrophe (CAT) loss projections ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. WRB Gets Rated, Reveals Cat Loss - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2012
    Late last week, rating agency A.M. Best affirmed the issuer credit ratings ("ICR") and debt ratings of W.R. Berkley Corp. ...
  17. Sandy Won't Help Insurance Pricing - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2012
    Since most of the property and casualty insurers, adversely affected by the Hurricane Sandy, have provided their initial ...
  18. Hartford's 4Q to be Hit by Sandy - Analyst Blog

    December 12, 2012
    Yesterday, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (HIG) disclosed its initial estimate of losses incurred due to Hurricane ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. Sandy Drives AFG to Tighten Guidance - Analyst Blog

    November 16, 2012
    Yesterday, American Financial Group Inc. (AFG) disclosed its preliminary estimation of the projected loss from Hurricane ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. ACE Limited Kept at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    August 27, 2012
    We retain our Neutral recommendation on ACE Limited (ACE), following its second quarter performance. Operating earnings ...
  24. Today's Major Financial Sector Movers: Allstate and More

    August 1, 2012
    The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has increased 0.1%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.5%; ...
  25. 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.
  26. 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 ...
  27. Rating Action on WellPoint - Analyst Blog

    May 7, 2012
    Fitch Ratings assigned its long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of 'A' on WellPoint Inc. (WLP) and Insurer Financial Strength ...
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Progressive Protecting Its Shareholders

    March 7, 2012
    Progressive's management manages its capital extremely well and earmarks much of it to growing shareholder returns.
  31. 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.
  32. Are Triple Leveraged ETFs a Good Idea?

    December 28, 2011
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  33. 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.
  34. Progressive's Premium Is Well Deserved

    August 17, 2011
    Progressive price-to-book premium compared to rivals is well deserved.
  35. Tempest-Tossed Berkley

    July 29, 2011
    Berkley still gets little respect despite proven excellence.
  36. Are Triple Leveraged ETFs a Good Idea?

    July 12, 2011
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  37. Berkley Looking Unloved

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

    April 18, 2011
    Progressive's growth trends look to be rebounding again, making the shares worth a closer look.
  39. Three Reasons To Own Progressive

    April 14, 2011
    Progressive Insurance's commercials may be effective - but is the stock worth checking out?
  40. XL Capital Looks For Higher Returns

    February 16, 2011
    XL Capital's recovery in its core business since the credit crisis has been impressive.
  41. Try Mercury General For Income And Stability

    February 9, 2011
    Mercury General, a Los Angeles-based insurance company, has a dividend yield above 5%, which is just one reason to check ...
  42. 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.
  43. Travelers Is Solid Over Time

    January 27, 2011
    Travelers should continue to post consistent results, moderate sales and profit growth over time.
  44. 5 Stocks To Buy For Insurance

    January 6, 2011
    These five P&C insurers are among the largest in the industry, and possess a number of characteristics that give them plenty ...
  45. Triple Leveraged ETFs: Boom or Bust?

    December 7, 2010
    Investors who are over the leverage game should consider ETFs as a way to maximize returns and increase exposure.
  46. Travelers An Industry Standout

    October 25, 2010
    The combination of a low price-to-book, low P/E and decent dividend level suggests that Travelers' stock could see further ...
  47. Progressive Enjoying The Best Of Both Worlds

    October 18, 2010
    Current indications are that growth trends are picking up at Progressive Corp.
  48. 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 ...
  49. Marsh & McLennan - It Should Get Better From Here

    August 6, 2010
    Marsh & McLennan has been in the weeds for half a decade, but it may be time to look at this stock as a turnaround idea.
  50. Progressive Insurance Making Progress

    July 16, 2010
    Progressive stands out for its double-digit premium and investment income growth.
  51. Lincoln National A Home Run For Taxpayers

    June 16, 2010
    The government will realize a sizable return from its preferred stock and warrant investment in Lincoln National.
  52. Progressive's Winning Ad Campaign

    April 19, 2010
    Auto insurer Progressive appears to be winning market share with its catchy TV ad campaign.
  53. Smoother Sailing Seen For Ace Limited

    April 9, 2010
    Trading at just over book value and under eight times forward earnings, Ace is worth keeping an eye on going forward.
  54. The Insurance Industry Tug-Of-War

    June 18, 2009
    Property and casualty insurance price declines may turn around, but the industry is being accused of failing to plan for ...
  55. Insurance Stalls On Earnings

    April 22, 2009
    Progressive Corp. and other insurers have been experiencing flat earnings. Find out if the insurance industry is still healthy.
  56. Book Value Bargains Or Laggards?

    April 22, 2009
    A look at companies trading at a low multiple of book, honing in on Sears.
  57. 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.
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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.
  60. Eastman Chemical Has Right Ingredients For Success

    February 4, 2009
    This company's dividend yield provides incentive for investors who want to hang on for the ride.
  61. Interesting Insurance Stocks For 2009

    January 2, 2009
    Despite a tame hurricane season, insurers still took a beating in 2008. Learn what could be in store for the new year.
  62. 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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