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July 7, 2014
08:20 EDTCNO, SFG, AIZ, RGA, SYALimited Japanese growth could lead to U.S. insurance acquisitions, says UBS
UBS believes the limited growth in the Japanese insurance market could lead to acquisitions here in the U.S. The firm believes the U.S. life sector has room to consolidate but that it could be limited by regulatory uncertainty. However, UBS is more optimistic about Japanese acquirers and sees potential interest in StanCorp Financial (SFG) and Symetra Financial (SYA) and, to a lesser extent, in Assurant (AIZ), CNO Financial (CNO), and Reinsurance Group of America (RGA).
News For SFG;SYA;AIZ;CNO;RGA From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2014
06:22 EDTCNOCNO Financial pullback brings attractive entry point, says Citigroup
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August 15, 2014
08:05 EDTRGARGA acquires in-force mortality block from Voya Financial
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August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTCNOPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 13, 2014
16:05 EDTCNOCNO Financial names Chris Nickele as executive VP, Chief Actuary
CNO Financial Group announced that Chris Nickele has been named executive VP and Chief Actuary. Nickele previously was the executive VP of Product Management, and the president of the Other CNO Business segment. Nickele joined CNO in 2005.
06:13 EDTRGACiti recommends long Unum, short Reinsurance pair trade
Citigroup recommends initiating a pair trade of long Unum Group (UNM), short Reinsurance Group (RGA). Citi likes Unum for its leverage to higher rates and economic growth and thinks increased competition concerns will limit Reinsurance upside.
August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTRGAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:19 EDTCNOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
08:03 EDTRGAReinsurance Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Reinsurance Group to Underweight based on increased competition from alternative players and increasingly risky geographies and products.
08:02 EDTCNOCNO Financial upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:58 EDTCNOUBS to hold a conference
UBS Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Chicago on August 11.

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