American International Group

  • Powerball Investing: Fannie and Freddie

    By Alexander MacLennan - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, FNMA, FMCC

    Admit it, you’ve dreamed of winning the lottery at some point in your life. Everyone, or at least everyone should, know that the statistical odds are against lottery players since the lottery itself wants to see a profit. But for the 174.999999 million out of 175 million of us who don’t have that winning powerball ticket, there are alternative ways to play a market of chance where more »

  • David Tepper Sells Apple, Microsoft, and AIG

    By Sam Mattera - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AAPL, MSFT

    David Tepper runs Appaloosa Management, one of the largest and most successful hedge funds.

    Tepper’s fund has an impressive track record -- he recently said that $1 million invested in the fund in 1993 would be worth $149 million today.

    According to his fund’s recent 13F filing, in the second quarter, Tepper made a number of major adjustments to his equity holdings. In particular, his fund sold large chunks more »

  • Fund Manager of the Decade Reveals His Favorite Stocks

    By Ted Cooper - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BAC, SHLD

    Morningstar's mutual fund manager of the decade, Bruce Berkowitz, has an incredible track record that makes his 13-F a must-read for all investors. His mutual fund, Fairholme Fund, has outperformed the S&P 500 by an average of 10.4% per year since 2000, losing to the index in only two of the last 13 years.

    Berkowitz is extremely concentrated by mutual fund standards, often holding no more than more »

  • Three High-Quality Companies With Attractive Valuations

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AAPL, F

    Major market indexes are trading near historical highs, and some stocks are starting to look a bit pricey, but that doesn´t mean that each and every company in the market is overvalued. On the contrary, there are plenty of opportunities around if you know where to look. These high-quality names offer compelling valuations and plenty of upside potential.

    Apple

    Investors in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) have suffered a serious setback more »

  • Is AIG the Perfect Stock?

    By Jason Bond - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMBC, AIG, HIG

    American International Group (NYSE: AIG) is a paradox. It was founded by an American in China. It was left for dead in the depth of the financial crisis, and is now the most popular hedge fund holding. Now that the stock has risen 400%, is AIG still a buy?

    Second quarter results.

    AIG second quarter results illustrates why hedge funds love it so much..

    The insurer's net income rose more »

  • Berkshire Hathaway & AIG Made a Killing in Bonds and Stocks

    By Alexander Cho - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BRK-B, BRK-A, SPY

    Warren Buffett’s minimalist personality is certainly represented in the way he reports financial results, and to be honest, it’s one of the greatest things about reading his quarterly reports.

    How the company shaped up

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) was able to turn around financial results significantly in the second quarter. So, let’s examine what exactly happened.

    Berkshire Hathaway reported earnings per share of $1.84 more »

  • Are These Earning Movers On Friday A Buy?

    By Brian Nichols - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, LNKD, MELI

    On Friday we saw several stocks head higher after reporting earnings. However, these trends do not always indicate that value is present. Let’s see if the market got these trends right.

    Worthy Of The Valuation?

    Mercadolibre (NASDAQ: MELI) is a Latin American e-commerce company, and is currently trading higher by nearly 10%. The company’s Q2 earnings significantly beat expectations on both the top and bottom line, as the more »

  • Is AIG Finally Healthy Enough to Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, AIG, TRV

    It seems like just yesterday that the entire financial system in the United States was brought to its knees, in large part by American International Group (NYSE: AIG). The embattled insurer’s risky bets on mortgage-backed securities and other complex derivatives necessitated a massive, unprecedented intervention by the U.S. government.

    It’s been five years since the 2008 bailouts, and to mark the occasion, AIG announced its first return more »

  • This Insurer Has Improved Tremendously, But Is it a Buy Yet?

    By Matthew Frankel - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG, L

    We all know insurance giant American International Group, or AIG (NYSE: AIG), which is infamous for its extreme downward spiral during the financial crisis. Despite its reputation, the company has made great progress in turning itself around. AIG has fully repaid the $182.3 billion in government aid that it received, and most agencies regard their financial position as stable. With shares of the company still looking attractive after a more »

  • Insiders Are Buying These 4 Financial Stocks Hand Over Fist

    By Jessica McCann - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BXMT, ECPG, HLSS

    Having an edge in the markets is all about access to information, which is why market participants pay close attention to insider transactions. After all, who's in a better position to know what a company's future prospects are than the people who run the company? 

    What investors often forget is that not every insider transaction is a market signal. Directors, officers and CEOs are people, too. Executives may more »

  • Do Low Expectations Mean There Is Upside in This Stock?

    By Chad Henage - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, AIG, ALL, TRV

    Call me an optimist, but it seems like the market isn’t giving enough credit to AFLAC's (NYSE: AFL) management. At the present time, this company that has historically grown both earnings and its dividend and an admirable pace is selling for a lower forward P/E ratio then several of its competitors. Concerns over the company’s exposure to the Yen, and questions about the company’s ability more »

  • 3 Investment Ideas from Dan Loeb

    By Ishfaque Faruk - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AAPL, YHOO

    Even though it’s never a good idea to follow leading investment managers blindly, it’s a wise idea to check-in with them once in a while. The outspoken Dan Loeb is betting big on some of these companies, and has already done very well on some of these investments. Dan Loeb has a disciplined value investing philosophy, and tries to score big with large, concentrated positions in the public more »

  • Insurance Business: Driven by Economic Growth

    By Vanina Egea - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG, MET

    US insurance companies, offering not only life- but also property & casualty (P&C) products, have been severely hit by the financial market distress and have been reorganizing their operations to get back on track with healthier balance sheets.

    Life insurance business is generally not seen as a growth segment, since it’s a commodity-like business upon which companies have limited ability to achieve competitive advantages. Also, the current global context more »

  • Hedge Fund Manager Curtis Macnguyen’s Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, GM, GOOG, MS, WDC

    We at InsiderMonkey track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds and other notable investors, having found that the information in these filings can be useful in developing investment strategies: For example, the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year. In addition, while the information in 13Fs is a bit out of date by the time it more »

  • If You Like Dividends You Will Love This Strategy

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, AIG, SYLD, GPS

    Investing in dividend stocks is a smart, time-proven investment strategy. However, dividends are only one of the different ways in which companies can distribute free cash flow to investors. Shareholder yield, which includes dividends plus stock buybacks and debt paydown, is a more comprehensive approach and is worth some serious consideration when trying to find the best investment opportunities.

    Beyond Dividends

    Dividends are great, not only because they provide income more »

  • Still Room for This Turnaround to Run

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, ALL, CB

    American International General (NYSE: AIG) has been in "turnaround" mode since the U.S. Treasury orchestrated a $700 billion bailout of the insurer back in 2008. But in December 2012, the U.S. Treasury sold its remaining stake in AIG, so what's the future catalyst to drive the stock higher? It appears the company has refocused on insurance and is now, once again, one of the top players in more »

  • Hedge Fund Manager Philippe Jabre’s Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, C, DELL, GE, WFC

    We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds, including Philippe Jabre’s Jabre Capital Partners, as part of our work researching investment strategies; we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds outperform the S&P 500 by an average of 18 percentage points per year (learn more about our small cap strategy).

    We also like to track activity from individual funds more »

  • Tiger Cub John Griffin’s High Upside Potential Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, C, LBTYA, OC, WYN

    We can screen stocks for “upside potential” through the PEG ratio, which takes into account both a stock’s price-to-earnings multiple and analyst expectations for future growth (we emphasize that this is only a measure of upside potential because analyst forecasts aren’t always correct). Since we at Insider Monkey track 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds as part of our work researching investment strategies, we can also look more »

  • A Picture of an Insurer in 2015

    By Alexander MacLennan - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, MET, PRU

    There are few companies that have attracted the same amount of press as American International Group (NYSE: AIG). After a series of bets went bad, AIG received and later repaid a massive federal loan package totaling well over $100 billion. But the new, independent AIG is leaner than it was before, having sold off business units to raise funds to repay the loan. Still, with estimates from analysts and industry more »

  • What Will Happen to These Insurance Businesses?

    By Victor Selva - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AGO, MET

    From a low of 1.63% in May, 10-year Treasury yields jumped to 2.35% on the day of the recent Fed meeting, and are now hovering at about 2.5%. Insurers’ volatile and competitive market, consisting of commodity products, made them take on too much risk in the past and do everything they could to differentiate and gain brand loyalty.

    As rates rise and the economy starts to recover more »

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