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9 Insurance Stocks to Buy Now

RNR, EMCI, WTM, HTH, AGII, HALL, MHLD, PGR, MMC improve in weekly rankings

   

The grades of nine 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.

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 Surprise, Equity, Cash Flow, and Sales Growth, RNR also gets A’s. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 7.20. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RNR stock.

EMC Insurance’s (NASDAQ:EMCI) grade is moving up to a B (“buy”) this week from last week’s C (“hold”). EMC Insurance focuses on the sale of commercial lines of property and casualty insurance to small and medium-sized businesses, institutions, and individual customers through independent insurance agents. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 9.50. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EMCI stock.

White Mountains Insurance Group (NYSE:WTM) improves from a B to an A rating this week. White Mountains Insurance Group is a Bermuda limited liability company whose main businesses are conducted through its property and casualty insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries and affiliates. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 4.60. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WTM stock.

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a B to an A. Hilltop Holdings is a holding company that is seeking to make an opportunistic acquisitions or effect a business combination. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HTH stock.

Argo Group (NASDAQ:AGII) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Argo Group is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Shares of AGII have increased 8.1% over the past month, better than the 2.2% increase the Nasdaq has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of AGII stock.

Hallmark Financial Services (NASDAQ:HALL) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Hallmark Financial Services is a diversified property/casualty insurance group that serves businesses and individuals in specialty and niche markets. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HALL stock.

This week, Maiden Holdings (NASDAQ:MHLD) pushes up from a C to a B rating. Maiden Holdings focuses on providing non-catastrophic, customized reinsurance products and services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MHLD stock.

Progressive (NYSE:PGR) earns a B this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of C. Progressive is an insurance holding company that offers primarily personal and commercial automobile insurance, in addition to other property-casualty insurance products. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PGR stock.

This is a strong week for Marsh & McLennan (NYSE:MMC). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Marsh & McLennan is a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MMC 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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