6 Insurance Stocks to Buy Now

AFSI, BRK.B, CNO, NWLI, PTP, AEG improve in weekly rankings

   
6 Insurance Stocks to Buy Now

The grades of six Insurance stocks are better this week, according to the Portfolio Grader database. Every one of these stocks has an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”) rating.

AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) is progressing from last week’s rating of B (“buy”) as the company improves to an A (“strong buy”) this week. Amtrust Financial Services is a property and casualty insurance holding company that mainly provides insurance for small businesses and extended warranty coverages for consumer and commercial goods. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Cash Flow and Sales Growth, AFSI also gets A’s. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of AFSI stock.

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) is bumping up its rating from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”) this week. Berkshire Hathaway is a publicly owned investment manager that primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BRK.B stock.

CNO Financial (NYSE:CNO) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. CNO Financial engages in the development, marketing, and administration of health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance, and other insurance products for senior and middle-income markets in the United States. The stock price has risen 9.2% over the past month, better than the 4.3% increase the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CNO stock.

This week, National Western Life Insurance (NASDAQ:NWLI) pushes up from a C to a B rating. National Western Life Insurance sells life insurance and annuity products in the United States. Wall Street has pushed the stock higher by 5.8% over the past month. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 7.80. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NWLI stock.

Platinum Underwriters Holdings (NYSE:PTP) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a B to a A. Platinum Underwriters is a holding company that provides property and casualty reinsurance coverages to insurers and select reinsurers on a worldwide basis. Investors seem to agree with the upgraded status of the stock, and have pushed the stock up 6.3% over the past month. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 7.40. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PTP stock.

Aegon (NYSE:AEG) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. AEGON provides life insurance, pension, and asset management products and services primarily in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Investors have pushed the stock price up 11.8% over the past month. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 8.90. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of AEG 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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