1. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $56.86 on light volume Thus far, 853,127 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.81-$57.21 after having opened the day at $57.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.21.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, and investment management services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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