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7 Insurance Stocks to Buy Now

AHL, EMCI, ANAT, ENH, NWLI, WRB, XL improve in weekly rankings

   

Seven 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, Aspen Insurance Holdings (NYSE:AHL) is showing good progress as the company’s rating jumps from a B (“buy”) last week to an A (“strong buy”). Aspen Insurance Holdings provides insurance and reinsurance solutions worldwide. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Earnings Growth, Earnings Revisions, and Cash Flow, AHL also gets A’s. Shares of AHL have increased 6.7% over the past month, better than the 4.5% increase the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of AHL stock.

EMC Insurance (NASDAQ:EMCI) is bumping up its rating from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”) this week. 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 has a trailing PE Ratio of 8.50. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EMCI stock.

This week, American National Insurance (NASDAQ:ANAT) pushes up from a C to a B rating. American National Insurance offers financial products and services, individual and group health insurance and annuities, credit insurance, pension products, and mutual funds. The stock’s dividend yield is 3.1%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ANAT stock.

Endurance Specialty (NYSE:ENH) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Endurance Specialty Holdings is the holding company for Endurance Specialty Insurance, which provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. Wall Street has pushed the stock higher by 6.8% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ENH stock.

The rating of National Western Life Insurance (NASDAQ:NWLI) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. National Western Life Insurance sells life insurance and annuity products in the United States. Investors have pushed the stock price up 12.7% over the past month. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 7.10. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NWLI stock.

This week, W.R. Berkley’s (NYSE:WRB) ratings are up from a B last week to an A. W. R. Berkley is an insurance holding company in the United States, which operates in five business segments: specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance and international. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WRB stock.

This is a strong week for XL Group (NYSE:XL). The company’s rating climbs to A from the previous week’s B. XL Group provides property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms worldwide. Investors seem to agree with the upgraded status of the stock, and have pushed the stock up 5.4% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of XL 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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