Prudential Financial Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (PRU)

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

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, PRU is up 42.41% to its most recent closing price of 66.99. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of a bull or bear market could certainly alter the outcome, our view is that this stock's positive fundamentals give it good potential for further appreciation.
  • The net income increased by 24.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$939.00 million to -$706.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.91, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to both individual and institutional customers in the United States and internationally. Prudential Financial has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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