1. As of noon trading, Prudential Financial ( PRU) is down $0.58 (-0.6%) to $90.18 on light volume. Thus far, 627,993 shares of Prudential Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.04-$91.05 after having opened the day at $90.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.76.

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 $42.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prudential Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prudential Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Prudential Financial Ratings Report now.

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