Thursday, June 7, 2012

Attractive Financials Trading Below Book Value

Most financial stocks haven't recovered from the financial crisis even though the business has returned to solid profits. The growth doesn't exist like it did prior to the crisis but income shouldn't be ignored.

The insurance sector remains one of the most undervalued sectors in the market. Stocks like Hartford Financial (HIG), Lincoln National (LNC), MetLife (MET), and Prudential Financial (PRU) trade significantly below book value. The group consistently traded at over 1.5x book value prior to the crisis.

Though all of these companies have variant business lines, the stocks have traded in an incredibly consistent pattern. Some such as Prudential have already significantly exceeded the book value per share from before the crisis yet the stock trades at a paltry 0.59 of book value.

Read the full article at Seeking Alpha.


Disclosure: Long HIG and LNC. Please review the disclaimer page for more details. 



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