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April 23, 2013
14:05 EDTMET, PRU, AIG, CBMetLife, other insurers climb after dividend increase
MetLife (MET) and several other large insurance companies are climbing after MetLife announced that it would increase its dividend for the first time since 2007. WHAT'S NEW: The insurer announced that its second quarter dividend would be 27.5c per share, up from its first quarter dividend of 18.5c per share. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The dividend increase is the company's first since 2007 and comes after the insurer shed its status as a bank holding company. Last year the Federal Reserve, which oversees bank holding companies, vetoed a request by MetLife to increase its annual dividend to $1.10 per year. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors Wells Fargo analyst John Hall noted that the company did not announce that it would repurchase any of its shares. If the company's board had approved share repurchases, that information probably would have been announced today, the analyst wrote. Hall maintained an Outperform rating on the shares. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, MetLife jumped $2.30, or 6.45%, to $38.10, Prudential (PRU) advanced 3.7% to $58.20, AIG (AIG) climbed 4.7% to $40.45, and Chubb (CB) added 1.5% to $89.
News For MET;PRU;AIG;CB From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
16:20 EDTCBChubb sees Q4 operating EPS $2.00-$2.10, consensus $2.07
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16:19 EDTCBChubb raises FY14 operating EPS view to $7.35-$7.45 from $6.75-$6.95
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16:18 EDTCBChubb reports Q3 operating EPS $2.17, consensus $1.95
15:30 EDTCBNotable companies reporting after market close
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October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTAIGThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
October 20, 2014
06:38 EDTAIGAIG upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded AIG to Buy citing valuation following the recent pullback in shares. Deutsche believes concerns that Starr International could succeed in its trial against the U.S. Government are overblown. It raised its price target for AIG shares to $60 from $59.
October 17, 2014
08:14 EDTAIGAIG unlikely to be forced to indemnify government, says Bernstein
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October 16, 2014
07:11 EDTMETAIA, MetLife, others contemplate offers for NAB division, Bloomberg says
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October 15, 2014
08:31 EDTMETMetLife provides $150M agricultural mortgage loan to Amaggi Group
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October 14, 2014
08:04 EDTMET, PRUDeutsche sees favorable risk/rewards in Insurance space
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