Prudential Financial, Inc.

  • Interest Rate Rise Will Bolster Long-Term Care Insurance Company Earnings

    By Jesse Slome - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GNW, MFC, MET, PRU, UNM

    A rise of 1% in investment return on fixed interest instruments could generate an additional $100 million or more in annual revenue for insurance companies with blocks of long term care insurance.

    Several years of historic low interest rates have wreaked havoc on the long term care insurance marketplace. Several insurers directly cited this as a contributing factor in their decision to cease selling policies to new applicants.

    Conversely, a more »

  • This Retirement and Insurance Business Is Still Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: VOYA, MET, PRU

    Since being spun off from ING Groep N.V., ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA) shares have experienced a significant rise, from $19.50 per share to more than $31.20 per share. Investors might be excited to know the fact that ING does not want to divest ING U.S., but it was forced to do so, under the 2008 agreement to receive a capital injection from the Dutch government more »

  • Let There Be Jobs

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PRU, TM

    With U.S. unemployment hovering at about 7.6%, all eyes are on the Federal Reserve and the inevitable taper of its quantitative easing program and change in interest rate policy. By focusing on the Fed's next move, especially with the latest employment situation report due at the end of this week, it's easy to overlook the underlying strength that's pointing the Fed toward an eventual taper more »

  • 3 Stocks to Consider If Increasing Equity Exposure

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FCX, PRU

    Are you one of the many investors who has missed some or all of the great run in the equity markets this year?

    Well you're not alone--many retail investors have missed a great deal of the great returns seen over the last couple years. With record highs seen just last week, you may be saying to yourself, isn't it risky to buy up here? The answer is yes more »

  • Has Genworth Financial Risen Too Far Too Fast?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: GNW, PRU, RGA

    Genworth Financial's (NYSE: GNW) stock has been on a roll during the past year. So far this year, shares have gained 75%--but is this too high? Genworth has been bid up as investors note the positive sentiment in the housing market, rising house prices and a recovery in the mortgage-reinsurance market. However, although Genworth's stock has moved higher thanks to a return to risk, the company could more »

  • This Stock Is Systemically Important

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: MFC, MET, PRU, SLF

    MetLife (NYSE: MET) intends to challenge its designation as a "systemically important financial institution" (SIFI) by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. MetLife believes that the capital standards, which are designed for banks, are inappropriate for life insurers. The SIFI designation would lead to higher prices and limits on capital usage. 

    However, the impacts of a SIFI designation is likely already priced into the stock price, thus, an easing of standards 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 »

  • This Duck's Japanese Moat May Spread to the States

    By Joseph Harry - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, MET, PRU

    After digesting the government data concerning jobs, which was seen as a positive with June non-farm payrolls reported at 195,000 versus the consensus estimate of only 165,000, stocks rallied significantly. The Federal Reserve's plan to taper may be coming sooner than later-- especially if an increase in added jobs becomes a reoccurring and frequent thing. This will likely keep rates on the upward trend.

    Insurers make a more »

  • Does AIG Have Any Fight Left?

    By Ken Conte - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, MET, PRU

    American International Group (NYSE: AIG), the insurance giant, undoubtedly has had a wild ride over the past six years, after the U.S. government made a $182.5 billion bailout loan in exchange for 80% of AIG's near worthless stock. Since 2009, new CEO Robert Benmosche has been trimming fat to focus on AIG's core businesses: Property & Casualty and Life & Retirement Insurance. Hedge funds have been buying in more »

  • Rate Rebound Could Boost These 4 Life Insurance Players

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: MET, PL, PRU, SYA

    Life insurance companies are major government bond investors, as they channel policy premiums into Treasuries to generate profits. Low interest rates have weighed heavily on life insurers’ investment returns and profitability over the past few years. However, as the prospects for higher interest rates improve, so will the outlooks for higher investment returns and earnings of life insurers.

    The details

    Below is a closer look at four life insurance companies more »

  • 3 Reasons Why This Insurer Is Set To Soar

    By Piyush Arora - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, MET, PRU

    The health of the insurance industry relies on the amount of liquidity flowing through an economy. Whenever there has been a credit crunch (1929 and 2008 come to mind), mounting claims exceed the cash inflows, which have eventually taken insurance agencies to the brink of bankruptcy. And the opposite holds true for excessive liquidity.

    So in order to revive growth, the Federal Reserve Bank has been injecting $85 billion worth more »

  • Buy the Financials Still Trading Below Book Value - Part 1

    By Mark Holder - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: HIG, LNC, MET, PRU

    Even after substantial gains this year, a whole slew of financial stocks still trade below book value. As written about back in January, a good portion of the insurance stocks traded close to half of book value. While the fears from the financial crisis have mostly dissipated, the stocks continue to meander below book value even with strong earnings profiles.

    Investors continue to fear that either the balance sheet isn more »

  • Is This Newly Traded Insurance Company a Good Buy?

    By Anh HOANG - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: VOYA, MET, PRU

    Recently, I have come across the newly traded life insurer, ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which was spun off from ING. What makes this spinoff interesting is the fact that ING has to gradually sell ING U.S. even if it does not want to do so. In order to receive the capital injection from the Dutch government in 2008, ING was forced to restructure itself, including the sale of more »

  • Investment Ideas From Appaloosa Management’s 13F Filing

    By Aubrey Tabuga - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, MET, PRU, RIG

    The biggest items in Appaloosa Management’s shopping cart in the latest quarter are Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Transocean (NYSE: RIG), Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU), and MetLife (NYSE: MET). The portfolio of this one-time Hedge Fund Firm of the Year based on the latest 13F filing may not necessarily be reflective of its most recent position. By the time the filings reach the SEC, the hedge fund may have already shorted more »

  • Three Reasons to be Bullish About Genworth Financial

    By Anh HOANG - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: GNW, MET, PRU

    I have been bullish about Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) since the end of 2012. For the past five months, Genworth has experienced a significant rise of more than 45.6% on the market. Interestingly, this insurance company is in the portfolios of many successful investors, including John Paulson, Bruce Berkowitz, Ray Dalio and Jeremy Gratham. There are three reasons that I still like this insurance company even after its recent more »

  • Time to Get Insured?

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: GNW, LNC, MFC, PRU

    Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU) was up 11% over the past week after first quarter operating earnings surpassed consensus and year ago results. Could this be a sign of things to come for other insurers?

    Prudential is a financial services company, with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the insurer offers an array of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities more »

  • 3 Undervalued Companies That Deserve Your Attention

    By Daniel Paterson - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AEG, GLW, PRU

    With the market firing on all cylinders and the indices hitting new all time highs on what seems like a weekly basis, there might be some cause for concern that the market is overvalued. If you are leaning towards this inclination, you may be more likely to hold your cash in a low interest savings account instead of taking a plunge into the market, and I believe you would be more »

  • Why These Insurance Stocks Are the Best Bets

    By Shweta Dubey - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: MET, PRU, SLF

    The various economic pressures in recent times marked a tough period for the insurance companies to generate profits organically. The companies were challenged to increase their market share, and were forced to resort to mergers and acquisitions to tap international growth.

    These opportunities should help them grow globally in terms of earnings and market share. Discussed below are three insurance stocks which are heavily focusing on expansion via mergers and more »

  • 3 Undervalued Companies that Deserve your Attention

    By Daniel Paterson - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: AEG, GLW, PRU

    With the market clicking on all cylinders and the indices hitting new all time highs on what seems like a weekly basis, there might be some cause for concern that the market is overvalued. If you are leaning towards this inclination, you may be more likely to hold your cash in a low interest savings account instead of taking a plunge into the market and I believe you would be more »

  • Financial Firm Making Big Changes

    By Mike Thiessen - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: GNW, PL, PRU

    Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) announced it will divest its wealth management business on Wednesday, March 27.  A partnership of Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital will pay $412.5 million in a deal expected to close in 2H13.  Genworth stated that it will book an after tax loss in the neighborhood of $40 million with $35 million of that amount booked in 1Q13 and the remainder at the close of more »

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