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9 Insurance Stocks to Buy Now

RNR, RLI, SYA, FAF, AFG, KMPR, MKL, HCC, NFP improve in weekly rankings

   

Nine Insurance stocks are moving up in their overall rating this week, according to the Portfolio Grader database. Every one of these is graded an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

This week, RenaissanceRe Holdings (NYSE:RNR) is making solid headway. The company’s rating improves to an A (“strong buy”) from last week’s B (“buy”) rating. Renaissance Re Holdings provides reinsurance and insurance coverages and related services. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, Cash Flow, and Margin Growth, RNR also gets A’s. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 8.4. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RNR stock.

This week, RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI) is showing significant improvement as the company’s rating hops from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”). RLI underwrites selected property, casualty, and surety insurance products. The stock price has risen 4.3% over the past month, better than the 2.2% increase the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RLI stock.

Symetra Financial (NYSE:SYA) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Symetra offers group health, retirement, life insurance, and employee benefits. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 8.5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SYA stock.

First American Financial (NYSE:FAF) earns an A this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of B. First American Financial provides insurance services. Wall Street seems to agree with the upgrade and has propelled the stock up 16.6% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FAF stock.

American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) improves from a C to a B rating this week. American Financial Group is engaged in property and casualty insurance. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 9.1. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of AFG stock.

Kemper Corp. (NYSE:KMPR) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. Kemper specializes in property and casualty, life, health, and accident insurance products and services. The price of KMPR has moved up 0.8% from a month ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of KMPR stock.

Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a B last week to an A. Markel markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets. Over the last month, shares of MKL have gone up 3.9%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MKL stock.

This is a strong week for HCC Insurance Holdings (NYSE:HCC). The company’s rating climbs to A from the previous week’s B. HCC Insurance Holdings provides property insurance in the United States and marine, aviation, offshore energy, accident, and health insurance worldwide. The price of HCC increased 4.6% from a month prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HCC stock.

The rating of National Financial Partners (NYSE:NFP) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. National Financial Partners is an independent distributor of financial services products to high-net worth individuals and small to medium-sized companies. Investors have pushed the stock price up 13.4% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NFP stock.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here.


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