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7 Insurance Stocks to Buy Now

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

   

The grades of seven Insurance stocks are on the rise this week on Portfolio Grader. Each of these stocks is rated an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB) is making headway this week, with the company’s rating improving to an A (“strong buy”) from a B (“buy”) last week. 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. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Earnings Surprise and Cash Flow, WRB also gets A’s. Shares of WRB have increased 5.2% over the past month, better than the 1.7% decrease the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up fourfold from the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WRB stock.

The rating of XL Group Plc (NYSE:XL) moves up this week, rising from a B to an A. XL Group provides property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms worldwide. The stock has inched up 0.4% over the past week. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of XL stock.

National Western Life Insurance Company Class A (NASDAQ:NWLI) ups its rating to a B (“buy”) this week after earning a C (“hold”) in the week before. National Western Life Insurance sells life insurance and annuity products in the United States. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NWLI stock.

American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. 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.

This week, Endurance Specialty’s (NYSE:ENH) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Endurance Specialty Holdings is the holding company for Endurance Specialty Insurance, which provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. The stock’s price of $53.72 is nearing the 52-week high of $54.14. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ENH stock.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited’s (NYSE:AHL) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to an A from last week’s B. Aspen Insurance Holdings provides insurance and reinsurance solutions worldwide. Even though the stock was upgraded, it has remained flat from a week ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of AHL stock.

EMC Insurance (NASDAQ:EMCI) boosts its rating from a C to a B 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 price has been on the rise for the past two days, reaching $30.08. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EMCI 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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