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April 23, 2013
14:05 EDTAIG, PRU, CB, METMetLife, 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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July 31, 2015
10:02 EDTCBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Outperform at Bernstein on Chubb deal potential... Aixtron (AIXG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... California Water Service (CWT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Chubb (CB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Delphi (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Diebold (DBD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Discovery (DISCA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Eldorado Gold (EGO) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Buy with $90 price target at Citi... Guidance Software (GUID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... H&E Equipment (HEES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Lenovo (LNVGY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Molina Healthcare (MOH) upgraded on strong results at Stifel... NCI, Inc. (NCIT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at Sterne Agee CRT... Pacira (PCRX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... RingCentral (RNG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Robert Half (RHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Stratasys (SSYS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Western Union (WU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Yahoo Japan (YAHOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... eHealth (EHTH) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
08:10 EDTCBChubb upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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07:58 EDTCBACE Limited upgraded to Outperform at Bernstein on Chubb deal potential
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July 30, 2015
16:20 EDTCBChubb upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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13:46 EDTAIGAIG August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
AIG August weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, August is at 20, September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 33, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 4.
July 29, 2015
16:07 EDTMETMetLife reports Q2 book value per share ex-AOCI other than FCTA $50.73
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16:06 EDTMETMetLife reports Q2 operating EPS $1.56, consensus $1.48
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15:59 EDTMETNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 47c... MetLife (MET), consensus $1.48... Williams (WMB), consensus 24c... Vertex (VRTX), consensus (58c)... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.26... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.37... Marriott (MAR), consensus 81c... Fiserv (FISV), consensus 94c... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.45... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 9c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 45c... Lincoln National (LNC), consensus $1.53... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.47... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus (2c)... Qorvo (QRVO), consensus $1.06... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 39c.
15:08 EDTMETNotable companies reporting after market close
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July 28, 2015
08:32 EDTAIGAIG to acquire First Principles, terms not disclosed
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08:31 EDTAIGAIG names Douglas Dachille as Chief Investment Officer
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July 24, 2015
10:00 EDTCBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:20 EDTCBChubb upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
July 23, 2015
16:25 EDTCBChubb reports Q2 EPS $2.08, consensus $1.86
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15:04 EDTCBNotable companies reporting after market close
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July 22, 2015
08:09 EDTCBACE Limited says 'on track' to file regulatory approvals for Chubb deal
The comment was made last night in conjunction with ACE's earnings report.

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