China Life Insurance (LFC)
In addition to life insurance, China Life Insurance also provides accident insurance and health insurance for its customers. Despite rebounding slightly since September, LFC stock is still down 7.3% year-to-date. LFC is currently priced at $67.98, after having hit a 52-week high of $81 earlier in the year. With a high price tag and uninspired performance on the year, LFC is an overweight stock that should be avoided.
Aviva PLC is focused on the long-term insurance and savings business, as well as fund management and general insurance. AV stock has been stagnant in 2010, down 0.7% year-to-date, compared to gains by the broader markets. Since last November, the insurance stock has dropped 4.8%. While Aviva has regained slightly since September, this stock should be avoided based on its yearlong performance.