Allstate Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (ALL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- (NYSE:) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A- . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ALL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 172.26% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 47.01% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ALL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Insurance industry. The net income increased by 167.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$624.00 million to $423.00 million.

The Allstate Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the personal property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and retirement and investment products business primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Allstate has a market cap of $18.45 billion and is part of the sector and industry. Shares are up 39.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.
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