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Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021

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The stock has witnessed an upward revision in its 2021 earnings estimates by 6.9% to $5.59 over the past 60 days. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and a Value Score A. It’s been proved time and again that stocks with a solid Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 and a Value Score of A or B offer the best upside potential.  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Last year, the company’s revenues suffered pandemic-led disruptions in the face-to-face sales of insurance policies. Per the company, physical sales are best suited to selling its products.

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The insurer was steadfast in constructing its virtual digital sales platform, which will to some extent, contribute to sales. Its increased use of the virtual medium can be found in the second quarter when it processed more than 14,000 online applications compared with nearly 8,000 in the first quarter. In fact, partly due to this virtual platform, sales improved year over year for the first time during the pandemic in the June quarter in both the United States and the Japan segments.

Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)

Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services worldwide. The company?s Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement savings and related investment products and services, including a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. This segment offers products and services to businesses for defined contribution pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, and employee stock ownership plan consulting services; and annuities, mutual funds, and bank products and services to the employees of its business customers and other individuals. Principal Financial Group?s Principal Global Investors segment offers a range of equity, fixed income, and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services to institutional inve stors. The company?s Principal International segment offers retirement products and services, annuities, mutual funds, institutional asset management, and life insurance accumulation products in Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Principal Financial Group?s U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual life insurance, as well as specialty benefits in the United States. Its individual life insurance products include universal and variable universal life insurance and traditional life insurance; and specialty benefit products comprise group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, and group life insurance, as well as fee-for-service claims administration and wellness services. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    Principal Financial Group (Nasdaq: PFG) is a diversified financial firm with $540 billion in assets under management and leadership in retirement investment products, fund investments and life insurance. The company missed Q2 earnings on non-recurring items which sent the shares skidding lower but core business in retirement income solutions and insurance remains solid.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Glenmede Trust Co. NA cut its holdings in Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) by 61.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 235,266 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 369,372 shares during the period. Glenmede Trust Co. NA owned 0.08% of Principal Financial Group worth $12,458,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021: Topdanmark A/S (TOP)

Topdanmark A/S is a Denmark-based insurance company engaged in the insurance and pension fund business. The Companys activities are divided into such segments, as Personal, and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) and Industrial. The Personal segment sells policies for individual households in Denmark. The SME and Industrial segment offers policies for Denmark-based SME, agricultural and industrial businesses. The Companys private insurance offering includes such insurance products, as home, vehicle, accident, pet, child and life and health insurance, as well as pension funds. Its corporate insurance offering includes property insurance, insurance of goods and equipment, and car insurance, among others. As of December 31, 2012, it had subsidiaries responsible for life and non-life insurance, as well as for asset management, investment and property-related activities. Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers in the property casualty insurance business primarily in the United States. The company operates in five segments: Specialty, Regional, Alternative Markets, Reinsurance, and International. The Specialty segment underwrites third-party liability risks, primarily excess, and surplus lines, including premises operations, professional liability, commercial automobile, products liability, and property lines. The Regional segments provide commercial insurance products to small-to-mid-sized businesses, and state and local governmental entities primarily in the 45 states of the United States. The Alternative Markets segment develops, insures, reinsures, and administers self-insurance programs and other alternative risk transfer mechanisms. This segment offers its services to employers, employer groups, insurers, and alternative market funds, as well as provides a range of fee-based servic es, including consulting and administrative services. The Reinsurance segment engages in the underwriting property casualty reinsurance on a treaty and a facultative basis, including individual certificates and program facultative business; and specialty and standard reinsurance lines, and property and casualty reinsurance. The International segment offers personal and commercial property casualty insurance in South America; commercial property casualty insurance in the United Kingdom and continental Europe; and reinsurance in Australia, Southeast Asia, and Canada. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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    Shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 1,794,500 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 388% from the previous session’s volume of 367,847 shares.The stock last traded at $79.32 and had previously closed at $78.15.

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    Gifford Fong Associates bought a new position in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 3,000 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $217,000.

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Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021: Aon Corporation(AON)

Aon Corporation provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services primarily in the United States, the Americas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company?s Risk Solutions segment offers retail brokerage products and services, including affinity products, general underwriting management services, placement services, and captive management services; and advisory services to technology, financial services, agribusiness, aviation, construction, health care, and energy industries, as well as facilitates various risk management solutions for property liability, general liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, workers’ compensation, and various healthcare products. This segment also provides risk consulting services comprising captive management; eSolutions products that enable clients to manage risks, policies, claims, and safet y concerns through an integrated technology platform; reinsurance brokerage services, such as actuarial, enterprise risk management, catastrophe management, and rating agency advisory services; property and casualty reinsurance; and specialty lines, which include professional liability, medical malpractice, accident, life, and health, as well as capital management transaction and advisory services. Its HR Solutions segment offers human capital services in the areas of health and benefits, retirement, compensation, and strategic human capital; and benefits administration and human resource business process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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    More recently, Buffett has pared back or completely eliminated Berkshire's investments in banks. Newer investments include bets on Verizon (VZ) and insurance company Aon (AON). Buffett also has been adding to stakes in supermarket operator Kroger (KR) and upscale home-goods retailer RH (RH).

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    As I mentioned, the Oracle of Omaha didn’t find anything new to add to Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio. Instead, Berkshire Hathaway added to existing positions in Kroger(NYSE:KR), RH (NYSE:RH), and Aon (NYSE:AON). It also received shares in Organon(NYSE:OGN) when Merck(NYSE:MRK) spun it off on June 3. Berkshire already held the healthcare giant in its portfolio.

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    A number of equities analysts recently commented on AON shares. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price objective on AON from $165.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on AON from $152.00 to $167.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 14th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded AON from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 13th. ValuEngine downgraded AON from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded AON from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 31st. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $169.10.

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Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

American International Group, Inc. is an international insurance organization. The company operates property and casualty insurance networks worldwide and conducts activities in the U.S. life insurance and retirement services industry. It also involves in commercial aircraft leasing and residential mortgage guaranty insurance businesses. The company, through Chartis Inc., provides various property and casualty insurance products under commercial and consumer categories worldwide. These products include surplus lines, executive liability/directors? and officers? liability, employment practices, excess casualty, and travel/assistance lines. American International Group, through SunAmerica Financial Group, offers a suite of life insurance and retirement products and services, including term life, universal life, accident and health, fixed and variable deferred annuities, fixed payout annuities, mutual funds, and financial planning products and services to individuals and grou ps in the United States. The company, through International Lease Finance Corporation, operates as an aircraft lessor that acquires commercial jet aircraft from various manufacturers and other parties, and leases those aircraft to airlines worldwide. It also sells aircraft from its fleet to other leasing companies, financial services companies, and airlines, as well as provides management services to third-party owners of aircraft portfolios. American International Group, through United Guaranty Corporation, issues residential mortgage guaranty insurance that covers mortgage lenders from the first loss for credit defaults on high loan-to-value conventional first-lien mortgages for the purchase or refinance of one- to four-family residences in the U.S. and internationally. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.

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    At the time of the financial crisis, American International Group (NYSE:AIG) was the world’s largest insurance company. Unfortunately, losses on its mortgage-related investments and some other assets led to major liquidity concerns by the fall of 2018, and the company’s survival was questionable. It was ultimately decided that AIG was “too big to fail,” so the federal government authorized a series of massive credit lines to keep the company afloat.

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    Today marks 10 years to the day since the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve announced a restructuring of insurance giant AIG (NYSE:AIG). Here’s a look back at the key events that led up to the government-assisted restructuring, as well as a quick look at how AIG is doing a decade later.

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Top 10 Insurance Stocks To Buy For 2021: Prudential Financial Inc.(PRU)

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers various financial products and services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company operates through three divisions: The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance, and The International Insurance and Investments. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division provides individual variable and fixed annuity products, as well as offers retirement investment and income products and services to retirement plan sponsors in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. This division also provides investment management and advisory services to the public and private marketplace. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division offers individual variable life, term life, and universal life insurance products; and group life, long-term and short-term group disability, long-term care, and group corporate-, bank-and trus t-owned life insurance products to institutional clients. This division also sells accidental death and dismemberment, and other ancillary coverages, as well as provides plan administrative services; and offers preferred provider and indemnity dental coverage plans to clients. The International Insurance and Investments division provides international individual life insurance products in Japan, Korea, and other foreign countries; and offers proprietary and non-proprietary asset management, investment advice, and services to retail and institutional clients internationally. In addition, the company engages in real estate brokerage franchise business, which involves marketing its franchises to the real estate companies. Further, it provides institutional clients and government agencies with various services in connection with the relocation of their employees. Prudential Financial, Inc. was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

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    As well, the company posted a 11% sales increase in the fiscal second quarter of 2021 relative to the year-ago level. That it was also a bump up sequentially from fiscal Q1 results was a nice bonus. Moving forward, whether the coronavirus variants wreak havoc on society or if things normalize, Walgreens enjoys a critical essential business. Thus, it’s one of the dividend stocks to consider.

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Top Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought

Warren Buffett became one of the world’s most successful investors by buying shares in underappreciated companies. In fact, his stock-picking record is so good, he’s one of the wealthiest people on the planet. His success suggests that keeping track of the stocks he purchases for his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) could be smart. Fortunately, Berkshire Hathaway discloses the stocks it owns to the Securities and Exchange Commission every quarter in a report known as a 13-F.

The latest 13-F was released this week, and in it, we learn Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio consists of 48 stocks, including three stocks it bought in the second quarter and one stock it received as a spinoff from one of its existing holdings. Among them were a major grocery-store chain, a luxury retailer known for lavish locations, an insurer, and a generic-drug maker focusing on women’s health. Read on to find out if these four stocks are right for your portfolio, too.

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The stocks Buffett bought

As I mentioned, the Oracle of Omaha didn’t find anything new to add to Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio. Instead, Berkshire Hathaway added to existing positions in Kroger(NYSE:KR), RH (NYSE:RH), and Aon (NYSE:AON). It also received shares in Organon(NYSE:OGN) when Merck(NYSE:MRK) spun it off on June 3. Berkshire already held the healthcare giant in its portfolio.

Company Shares Berkshire Held as of March 31 Shares Berkshire Held as of June 30 Increase
Kroger 51,060,296 61,787,910 21%
Aon 4,096,146 4,396,000 7%
RH 1,756,448 1,791,967 2%
Organon 0 1,550,481 New

Data source: Berkshire Hathaway.

Betting on a turnaround

Kroger’s come a long way since 2017, when low margins and costly expansion plans caused its shares to tumble nearly 50% from its highs in 2016. Since then, a plan including cost-cutting, a renewed focus on its core grocery business, and e-commerce has turned things around, causing its share price to more than double.

Last summer, Kroger accounted for only 0.37% of Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio, but Berkshire now owns 61.8 million shares worth $2.4 billion, representing 0.81% of its portfolio. That’s large enough for it to rank as Berkshire Hathaway’s 15th largest position.

So far, Buffett’s bet on Kroger is paying off. Kroger’s digital sales have tripled since 2019, and in its recent earnings conference call, management said strong demand for premium products contributed to better-than-expected earnings. As a result, Kroger increased its full-year fiscal 2021 EPS target to above $2.95, it authorized a new $1 billion stock-repurchase program, and it boosted its dividend payout by 17% to $0.21 per share, giving it a forward yield of 1.9%.

Home prices are helping this retailer’s sales soar

Berkshire Hathaway also increased its position in RH, formerly Restoration Hardware. Last quarter, Buffett’s team added over 35,000 shares in the luxury retailer, bringing total ownership in the company to 8.5%.

RH has benefited from significant tailwinds in the past year. COVID-driven homebuying trends, such as owning rather than renting and second home purchases, have caused home prices to increase significantly because of limited supply, unlocking demand for RH’s products, including luxury furnishings. Meanwhile, higher wages and stimulus payments have boosted savings and disposable income, increasing consumer spending.

In its fiscal quarter ending in April, RH’s top-line sales grew 78% year over year to $861 million, and EPS of $4.89 increased an eye-popping 285% from the same quarter last year. Those results prompted management to tell investors in June it expects to be net debt-free later this year.

RH expects its full fiscal year sales growth will be above 25%, up from prior estimates for growth of at least 15%, but that outlook could change when it reports its next quarterly update on Sept. 9.

A unique way to play risk

If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that the unexpected ought to be expected. Perhaps that’s one reason Berkshire Hathaway has been stockpiling shares of Aon, the world’s second largest insurance broker.

Berkshire Hathaway came into the second quarter owning over 4 million shares in Aon, and it added almost 300,000 shares during the quarter, making Aon its 24th largest position. A lot has happened to Aon since Buffett was buying in Q2, though.

Last year, Aon announced plans to merge with Willis Towers Watson, the third largest insurance broker, in a $30 billion deal. However, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in June to block the merger, citing anticompetitive risks, and Aon abandoned its merger plans in July.

It remains to be seen whether Buffett was hoping for the merger to proceed or fail, so it will be important to keep an eye on what happens with his Aon shares in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we won’t know if he’s a buyer or seller until Berkshire Hathaway’s next 13-F report is released in November.

Can 1+1=3?

The final stock Berkshire Hathaway bought in the second quarter was also the only stock that was new to the portfolio in the period, Organon. Berkshire Hathaway came to hold its Organon shares when Merck spun it offin June.

Organon’s product lineup consists of biosimilars and a slate of women’s health drugs Merck developed, including contraceptives NuvaRing and Nexplanon. The spinoff was orchestrated to jettison noncore assets and unlock value for Merck investors.

The company reported second-quarter results earlier this month. In the quarter, revenue inched up 3.9% from the same quarter one year ago, which was much better than the 15% year-over-year decline reported in the prior quarter. It also reported better-than-expected adjusted EPS of $1.72, and it instituted its first dividend, deciding to pay $0.28 per share quarterly.

It’s unclear whether Berkshire Hathaway will hold on to its shares, though. The 3%-plus dividend yield is intriguing and second-quarter results are encouraging, but Organon accounts for only 0.02% of Berkshire Hathaway’s assets, so there’s no guarantee it will still be in the portfolio next quarter.

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