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RBC Capital Kept Hartford Financial (HIG) As “Buy”; Has Price Target Of $63.0; Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZOY) Covered By 2 Bulls

Among 17 analysts covering Hartford Financial (NYSE:HIG), 9 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Hartford Financial has $64 highest and $40 lowest target. $56.69’s average target is 3.75% above currents $54.64 stock price. Hartford Financial had 44 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Mkt Perform” rating on Monday, November 28 by FBR Capital. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, November 16 by Bank of America. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight” on Friday, August 11. Barclays Capital maintained The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG) on Monday, October 16 with “Overweight” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, July 10. M Partners maintained The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG) on Friday, July 29 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by M Partners on Tuesday, July 28 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, January 6 by Credit Suisse. As per Thursday, August 31, the company rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. Wells Fargo maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, April 19 report.

Among 3 analysts covering Akzo Nobel N.V. (OTCMKTS:AKZOY), 2 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Akzo Nobel N.V. had 5 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Akzo Nobel N.V. (OTCMKTS:AKZOY) earned “Neutral” rating by Citigroup on Monday, July 27. The rating was upgraded by Citigroup on Tuesday, October 13 to “Buy”. HSBC initiated the shares of AKZOY in report on Friday, September 16 with “Reduce” rating. The stock of Akzo Nobel N.V. (OTCMKTS:AKZOY) has “Overweight” rating given on Monday, January 18 by JP Morgan. JP Morgan upgraded the shares of AKZOY in report on Friday, January 15 to “Overweight” rating. See Akzo Nobel N.V. (OTCMKTS:AKZOY) latest ratings:

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.75 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.19, from 0.94 in 2017Q1. It dropped, as 52 investors sold The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. shares while 211 reduced holdings. 63 funds opened positions while 134 raised stakes. 316.59 million shares or 2.66% less from 325.25 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Karpas Strategies Ltd Company stated it has 0.12% in The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG). Pub Sector Pension Invest Board reported 0.05% in The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG). California-based Pillar Pacific Capital Mngmt Limited Company has invested 0.05% in The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG). Alps Advsrs reported 12,656 shares stake. Natixis Asset Mngmt invested 0.01% in The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG). 49,153 were reported by Creative Planning. Intrust Bankshares Na holds 14,954 shares. Captrust Financial Advsrs reported 21,202 shares. Td Asset Mngmt Inc reported 0.01% stake. Barclays Public Ltd Company has 140,165 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. 75,274 are held by Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank). Bluemountain Mgmt Ltd Company has 11,988 shares. British Columbia Investment Management Corporation invested in 211,761 shares. Lmr Partners Llp reported 49,165 shares or 0.16% of all its holdings. Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) holds 19,200 shares.

Analysts await The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG) to report earnings on February, 1. They expect $1.02 earnings per share, down 5.56% or $0.06 from last year’s $1.08 per share. HIG’s profit will be $363.85M for 13.39 P/E if the $1.02 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.60 actual earnings per share reported by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 70.00% EPS growth.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business clients in the United States. The company has market cap of $19.49 billion. It operates through six divisions: Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Property & Casualty Other Operations, Group Benefits, Mutual Funds, and Talcott Resolution. It has a 29.99 P/E ratio. The Commercial Lines segment offers workersÂ’ compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability, and umbrella insurance products, as well as customized insurance services and products, including professional liability, bond, and specialty casualty coverages.

The stock decreased 3.29% or $1.86 during the last trading session, reaching $54.64. About 4.89M shares traded or 145.57% up from the average. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG) has risen 9.92% since December 6, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.78% the S&P500.

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