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November 30, 2012
09:41 EDTPRI, AIG, HIG, MET, PRURegulators say life insurers have made problematic deals, NY Times says
Regulators reported that they had found problematic transactions by life insurance companies, according to The New York Times. The regulators said they couldn't divulge any details about the transactions, the newspaper added. Reference Link
News For PRU;MET;HIG;AIG;PRI From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
09:55 EDTHIGHartford Financial sees $1.9B in subsidiary dividends to parent in 2016
Hartford Financial reported that during July it received about $900M in dividends to the holding company, including $500M funded by Talcott. For the remainder of the year, Hartford expects approximately $300M in dividends from subsidiaries for a total of about $1.9B for the year, which it noted was unchanged from its February projections. In 2016, the current outlook is for about $1.9B of subsidiary dividends and other cash flows to the holding company, including $800M in dividends from the P&C companies. CEO Chris Swift said earlier on the company's Q2 earnings call that the company is "closely watching" developments across the industry, including recent M&A activity. Swift added that these "activities will certainly have repercussions on our markets. While change brings risk, it also brings opportunity." Hartford noted that its priority for excess capital utilization going forward is to find opportunities to invest in its businesses, helping to drive premium and earnings growth and expand its capabilities, adding that it will return excess capital to shareholders in the event that it does not find opportunities that meet its overall objectives.
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 27, 2015
16:11 EDTHIGHartford Financial raises quarterly dividend to 21c from 18c per share
The board of directors also declared a quarterly dividend of 21c per share of common stock, payable on Oct. 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 1. This represents an increase of 3c per share, or 17%, over the prior quarterly dividend.
16:10 EDTHIGHartford Financial raises share repurchase plan by $1.6B
The Hartford announced that its board of directors approved an increase in and extension of the company’s capital management plan. The current equity repurchase plan was increased by $1.6B and extended through Dec. 31, 2016. The debt management plan was expanded to include the repayment of $275M of debt maturing in 2016 and extended through Dec. 31, 2016.
16:09 EDTHIGHartford Financial reports Q2 core EPS 91c, consensus 77c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.685B, consensus $4.7B. Book value per diluted share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, was $42.41, up 8% over June 30, 2014.
15:03 EDTHIGNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Baidu (BIDU), consensus $10.58... Avalonbay Communities (AVB), consensus $1.92... Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 77c... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 6c... PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $2.35... Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 34c... Swift Transportation (SWFT), consensus 37c.
13:46 EDTHIGHartford Financial technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a stable bullish uptrend since the lows of August in 2012. Of late the bullish price channel has begun to steepen, implying greater upside momentum into earnings. If the news is bullish, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $47.42, $49.14, and $50.47. If the news is a bearish surprise, the first important support would be the 30-day moving average at $44. On a breakdown below that average, next supports to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $42.98, $41.75, and $40.63.
July 21, 2015
16:24 EDTPRIPrimerica says middle-income families to be harmed if DOL's proposal is enacted
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July 20, 2015
09:16 EDTHIGThe Hartford names Morris Tooker Chief Underwriting Officer
The Hartford has named A. Morris “Mo” Tooker as EVP and chief underwriting officer for the company’s property and casualty businesses, effective July 21. Tooker will report to Doug Elliot, president of The Hartford. Tooker will oversee underwriting across The Hartford’s Small Commercial, Middle Market, Large Commercial and Personal Lines segments. He will lead development of the company’s underwriting approach for new markets and growth areas.
July 16, 2015
09:09 EDTAIGAIG expands presence in Chinese-American life insurance market
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08:54 EDTMET, PRU, HIG, AIGBofA/Merrill U.S. life insurance analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Life Insurance Analyst Weiss, along with Jill Hoffman, VP of Government Affairs and Felicia Smith, VP & Senior Counsel for Regulatory Affairs from the Financial Services Roundtable, discuss the Labor Department's recent proposal to impose fiduciary standards on the sale of retirement products on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 20 at 11 am.
08:45 EDTMETMetLife announces launch of LumenLab in Singapore
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08:05 EDTAIGAIG launches design, construction risk mitigation service for luxury homes
AIG Private Client Group said it introduced the insurance industry’s first risk management and mitigation service for residential construction projects with budgets of $5M or more. The service seeks to minimize risks related to natural catastrophe, water damage, security, fire and life safety, and potential threats to fine art or other collections that will be located in a home. AIG’s Smart Build recommendations come from the company’s deep experience protecting some of the world’s largest luxury homes, as well as extensive analysis of AIG claims data and overall loss trends.
07:55 EDTHIGHartford shares could be worth $55 in a takeout, says Citi
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July 15, 2015
10:01 EDTPRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Avis Budget (CAR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Guess (GES) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Liberty Global (LBTYA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lonmin (LNMIY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Navient (NAVI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at Pacific Crest... Omnicom (OMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
06:34 EDTPRIPrimerica upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded Primerica to Strong Buy from Market Perform with a $54 price target. The firm believes a DOL worst case proposal is reflected in valuation and upgraded shares.

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