9 Insurance Stocks to Sell Now

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9 Insurance Stocks to Sell Now

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:HIG) is an insurance and financial services company based in Connecticut. Since the start of 2011, HIG stock has dropped 39%, compared to a gain of 2% for the Dow Jones in the same time. HIG stock gets an “F” for sales growth, a “D” for operating margin growth, an “F” for earnings growth, an “F” for earnings momentum, an “F” for the company’s ability to exceed consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, and a “D” for return on equity in my portfolio grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of HIG stock.

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC) offers a variety of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions. Since the start of 2011, LNC stock has declined 33%, compared to small gains by the broader markets. LNC stock gets a “D” for sales growth, a “D” for earnings growth and a “D” for earnings momentum in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of LNC stock.

Manulife Financial Corp. (NYSE:MFC) is the holding company for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and John Hancock Reassurance Company. A drop of 40% for MFC stock year-to-date has left shareholders questioning their purchase. MFC stock gets an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of MFC stock.

Progressive Corp. (NYSE:PGR) provides its customers with personal and commercial automobile insurance and other specialty property-casualty insurance. A 10% drop year-to-date for PGR stock has earned it a spot on this list. PGR stock earned a “D” for sales growth, a “D” for earnings growth and a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of PGR stock.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) operates numerous insurance subsidiaries in the United States, U.K. and other countries across the world. UNM stock is down 15% year-to-date. UNM stock gets a “D” for sales growth and a “D” for the company’s ability to exceed consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of UNM stock.

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