Rating Change #6
Prudential Financial (PRU) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.
Highlights from the ratings report include:
- PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC reported lower earnings of $5.74 versus $7.47 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.66 versus $5.74).
- The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 4474.50% to $2,231.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 5.69%.
- PRU's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers various financial products and services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company operates through three divisions: The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, The U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.You can view the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.
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