|Bid||50.94 x 1200|
|Ask||50.95 x 1000|
|Day's Range||50.46 - 51.45|
|52 Week Range||40.54 - 55.16|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.55|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||10.30|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.20 (2.41%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Synchrony Financial's (SYF) first-quarter earnings are likely to grow on the back of higher purchase volume and CareCredit platform.
It was another win for the market yesterday, but just barely. The S&P 500 edged 0.21% higher, still struggling with the weight of the impressive gains seen since late December.Dow (NYSE:DOW) led the way, gaining another 5% as investors continue to celebrate its split with DowDuPont (NYSE:DWDP). At the other end of the spectrum, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) fell more than 8% following a first-quarter delivery report that was shockingly lower than its fourth quarter figures.Headed into the final trading day of the week, it's the stock charts of Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG), Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) that are of the most interest.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Morgan Stanley (MS)In mid-March, Morgan Stanley shares had proven they were range-bound. Although the bulls had proven they were willing to take their shot, they hadn't proven that could actually get MS stock over the proverbial hump. On the other hand, at least Morgan Stanley stock was finding support in all the right places, remaining in the hunt for yet another breakout effort. * 7 Biometric Stocks to Watch as AI Rises The effort the buyers made on Thursday has pushed MS shares just a hair above a nagging resistance line and is challenging another one. One more good day could do the trick, although realistically speaking, Morgan Stanley will still likely need to fall back again before putting in the breakout effort that takes hold once and for all. Click to Enlarge • The technical ceiling that has been cleared is the $45 area, where MS peaked in January and again in March. It's plotted in yellow on both stock charts.• Shares of Morgan Stanley are also testing the white 200-day moving average line, but clearly paused there when put to the test.• Although momentum has actually been building for weeks, between Wednesday's opening gap (highlighted on the daily chart) and waning volume on the way up, the bulls may need to slide back first and fill in that gap before punching through the big ceiling. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)The last time we looked at Freeport-McMoRan back on March 21, it had just pushed off of support offered by its 50-day moving average as part of the bigger-picture rebound effort that began in January. At the time, however, it wasn't above the more pivotal line in the sand.That's happened in the meantime. While it took some time and work, Thursday's session cleared a huge technical hurdle. Click to Enlarge• That ceiling was the 200-day moving average line, plotted in white on both stock charts. It was resistance in February, but was unable to hold the buyers back this time around.• Bolstering the bullish case are not one but two instances of support at the purple 50-day moving average line. Each is highlighted on the daily chart.• Zooming out to the weekly chart, we can clearly see the downtrend that shaped most of 2018's selling, framed by blue lines, has been broken, yielding to a new, bullish trading range plotted by red lines on the same chart. Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG)Like most other names, Hartford Financial Services Group enjoyed a fantastic January and February, erasing a miserable October through December. But also like most stocks, HIG stock has been stagnant since March, mostly moving sideways.That has changed this week though, and decisively so on Thursday. Shares are up and over a pretty big technical hurdle, and they've cleared it with some compelling underpinnings. Click to Enlarge • The hurdle in question is $49.70, plotted in yellow on both stock charts. That level had been resistance a few times over the past few weeks, but yesterday's close of $50 puts in in the rearview mirror.• Zooming out to the weekly chart we can see the $49.70 area has been a ceiling before, as well as support.• The clincher is the "golden cross" plotted on the daily chart. That's where the purple 50-day moving average line has crossed back above the white 200-day moving average, hinting at a new bullish uptrend.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Low-Priced Tech Stocks With Great Potential * 9 Stocks That Would Be Hurt By a Mexico/U.S. Border Closure * The Era of Car Ownership Is Over. And These 4 Charts Prove It Compare Brokers The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Freeport-McMoRan, Morgan Stanley and Hartford Financial Services Group appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc NYSE:HIGView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output in this company's sector is expanding Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for HIG with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting HIG. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold HIG had net inflows of $2.78 billion over the last one-month. While these are not among the highest inflows of the last year, the rate of inflow is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | PositiveAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Financials sector is rising. The rate of growth is strong relative to the trend shown over the past year. Credit worthinessCredit default swap | NeutralThe current level displays a neutral indicator. HIG credit default swap spreads are within the middle of their range for the last three years.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
The Hartford (HIG) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.
Hartford Financial Services Group Inc provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers in the United States. The dividend yield of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc stocks is 2.24%. The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc had annual average EBITDA growth of 8.70% over the past five years.
Banking on an growing interest rate and strategic initiatives, Hartford Financial (HIG) promises to garner hefty returns for investors.
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Hartford Financial's (HIG) Q4 benefits from core earnings in Group Benefits and Hartford Funds, partly offset by underwriting loss in property and casualty segment.
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The Hartford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 52 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 78 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. ...
Hartford Financial's (HIG) fourth-quarter earnings are expected to suffer due to catastrophe loss. However, strong segmental results are likely to drive premiums.
is expected to report earnings of $1.27 a share on sales of $2.7 billion after the market closes Feb. 4, based on a FactSet survey of 24 analysts. The stock has risen 2.2% since the company last reported earnings on Nov. 2. Quarterly estimates have fallen 1.5 cents a share in the past month.
Insider buying can be an encouraging signal for potential investors. A couple of notable CEOs showed up at the buy windows this past week. Some of these share purchases were pursuant to established trading ...
Chairman and CEO of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:HIG) Christopher Swift bought 11,423 shares of HIG on 01/10/2019 at an average price of $43.73 a share.
At the moment, insurance stocks look like an intriguing group for value investors looking for stocks to buy. Financials across the board have fallen, with several insurers hitting multi-year lows in the past few months. Yet, looking forward, there are reasons to expect the group to outperform. Interest rates should rise, recent Fed commentary aside, and financials and insurers typically win when that happens. Higher rates mean higher returns on an insurance company's 'float' -- and more profits for shareholders. Insurance stocks also are defensive -- an attractive characteristic in a volatile market. And while investor attention since the US election has been focused on high-growth tech and booming cyclicals, there's a case that insurers simply have been forgotten. In a more cautious market, that should no longer be the case. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Key Emerging-Market Stocks to Buy for Contrarian Investors All told, the insurance group looks intriguing. Investors can play the space through ETFs such as the SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (NYSEARCA:KIE). But these three insurance stocks to buy should get at least a long look as well. Source: Shutterstock ### The Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) The case for The Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE:HIG) is reasonably simple. First, HIG stock is cheap, trading at less than 9x 2019 EPS estimates. Even in the context of a sector that usually gets low multiple, that valuation looks far too conservative. Hartford also has benefits on the way from its pending acquisition of The Navigators Group (NASDAQ:NAVG), a marine-focused insurer. With 2020 EPS - boosted by a full year of Navigators Group financials - likely to clear $5, HIG trades at something like 8x earnings while offering a dividend yield that could reach 3% next year. There are risk. First, Hartford's property and casualty business has benefited from lower catastrophe costs of late - which may reverse. The company's mutual fund business gives it exposure to the equity markets - which have been roiled of late. And competition remains intense, which can pressure both pricing and revenue. Still, with HIG touching a 30-month low last month, much of the bad news looks priced in. Sector-wide and M&A tailwinds are not. At the moment, HIG looks like one of the better "buy the dip" candidates among financials. Source: Pictures of Money via Flickr ### Chubb (CB) The case for Chubb (NYSE:CB) is similar to that for HIG - with perhaps lower risk and lower rewards. Like The Hartford, Chubb is a property and casualty insurer. Like HIG, CB stock has pulled back, dropping 18%+ from early 2018 highs and touching a multi-year low late last year. But Chubb is larger - and could potentially take market share from smaller players like The Hartford. Chubb also has a long history of being more conservative - which gives some comfort as its price-to-book ratio nears 1.1x. * 7 Stocks to Buy That Are Run By Billionaires With a dividend yield of 2.3%, CB isn't going to make investors rich overnight. But there's a nice case here of a fair - and maybe cheap - price for a wonderful business. Chubb increases its dividend every year, generally grows earnings, and should hold up even if broad markets take another leg down. It's a nice combination for near-term - and long-term - outperformance. Source: Shutterstock ### MetLife (MET) Investors looking for more risk, and higher potential gains, in financials and insurers should look to MetLife (NYSE:MET). MetLife ran into trouble beginning in late 2017. The company said it had lost some 600,000 customers who were owed pension payments, which sparked investigations from state regulators. A month later, the company had to delay its earnings report as it disclosed material weakness in internal controls. For an insurer, that type of error obviously raises red flags: MET stock unsurprisingly slid on the news. And MET stock has continued sliding for much of 2018. But the news actually has been better. Earnings, starting with a Q4 report that answered at least some of the concerns, have been solid. The pension issue appears mostly resolved. A new CEO will bring fresh eyes next year. Meanwhile, MET stock trades at a noted discount to past valuation, with price-to-book just 0.84x and the dividend yield near 4%. Again, this is a high-risk play by the standards of the insurance space. There's the obvious "never one cockroach" concern after the accounting issues. But the rewards here are big too: if MetLife can convince investors it's back on track, shareholders will be getting not just a strong dividend, but a stock that has appreciated nicely. As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks You Can Set and Forget (Even In This Market) * 10 Virtual Assistants for the Future of Smart Homes * 7 5G Stocks to Buy as the Race for Spectrum Tightens Compare Brokers The post 3 Insurance Stocks to Invest In Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
We zero in on four insurance stocks that are poised to exceed expectations in Q4 despite California wildfires weighing on underwriting profitability.