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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (HIG)

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, HIG is up 76.01% to its most recent closing price of 30.38. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals should not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization.
  • HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES swung to a loss, reporting -$0.19 versus $1.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.22 versus -$0.19).
  • The gross profit margin for HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES is rather low; currently it is at 15.90%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 34.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full Hartford Financial Services Group Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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