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News For CB;ACE;HIG From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
10:02 EDTACE, CBOn 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 EDTCB, ACEChubb upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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07:58 EDTCB, ACEACE Limited upgraded to Outperform at Bernstein on Chubb deal potential
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July 30, 2015
16:20 EDTACEACE Limited upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
16:20 EDTCBChubb upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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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.
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 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 EDTCB, ACEACE Limited says 'on track' to file regulatory approvals for Chubb deal
The comment was made last night in conjunction with ACE's earnings report.
July 21, 2015
16:06 EDTACEACE Limited reports Q2 operating EPS $2.40, consensus $2.29
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15:02 EDTACENotable companies reporting after market close
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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.

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