The Hartford (HIG) appears an attractive pick given a noticeable improvement in the company's earnings outlook. The stock has been a strong performer lately, and the momentum might continue with analysts still raising their earnings estimates for the company.
The upward trend in estimate revisions for this insurance and financial services company reflects growing optimism of analysts on its earnings prospects, which should get reflected in its stock price. After all, empirical research shows a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements. Our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank -- is principally built on this insight.
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Consensus earnings estimates for the next quarter and full year have moved considerably higher for The Hartford, as there has been strong agreement among the covering analysts in raising estimates.
Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions
The company is expected to earn $1.41 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of -3.42%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for The Hartford has increased 7.99% over the last 30 days, as three estimates have gone higher compared to no negative revisions.
Current-Year Estimate Revisions
For the full year, the company is expected to earn $5.86 per share, representing a year-over-year change of +1.38%.
In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for The Hartford. Over the past month, four estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 17.99%.
Favorable Zacks Rank
The promising estimate revisions have helped The Hartford earn a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The Zacks Rank is a tried-and-tested rating tool that helps investors effectively harness the power of earnings estimate revisions and make the right investment decision. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.
While strong estimate revisions for The Hartford have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 6.4% higher over the past four weeks, further upside may still be left in the stock. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.
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