Tuesday, October 6, 2009

UBS Upgrades Hartford Financial and Restarts Phoenix Companies at Buy

This just further highlights why you have to be careful when following analyst calls. UBS today resumed coverage of the insurance group with Buy ratings on 2 of our Growth Portfolio stocks in Hartford Financial (HIG) and Phoenix Companies (PNX). The HIG call is just mind boggling as the target goes from $13 to $35. Basically by following UBS, investors missed over a 100% gain already. Yikes!

  • And Hartford shares jumped $1.41, or 5.4 percent, to $27.66 as Kligerman raised the insurer to "Buy" from "Neutral" and hiked his price target to $35 from $13.
  • He said the company has the means to "absorb adverse equity markets, higher capital requirements and investment losses." The company has a new chief executive, Liam McGee, who is "coming into a good situation," he said. "We think HIGs near-term roadmap seems clear and extremely positive in terms of top-line life and P&C initiatives, as well as risk mitigation and capital management," the analyst wrote.
Both stocks remain huge buys trading below book value.

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