Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Hartford Financial Services Group

(

HIG

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Hartford Financial Services Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HIG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $94.8 million.
  • HIG is down 2.7% today from today's close.

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More details on HIG:

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.9%. HIG has a PE ratio of 12. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Hartford Financial Services Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Hartford Financial Services Group has been 2.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The stock has a beta of 1.03 and a short float of 1.3% with 2.37 days to cover. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Although HIG's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, HIG has outperformed against the industry average of 14.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market, HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES's earnings per share declined by 26.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES increased its bottom line by earning $3.93 versus $2.94 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 0.8% in earnings ($3.90 versus $3.93).

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