SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

August 27, 2010 09:00 ET

Analyst Reports on MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) & Hartford Financial Services (NYSE: HIG) -- The Bedford Report Analyst Team Gives Perspective

Note to Editors: The Following Is an Investment Opinion Being Issued by The Bedford Report.

TORONTO--(Marketwire - August 27, 2010) -  The Bedford Report analyst team is looking at the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry and has issued Analyst Reports on MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) and Hartford Financial Services (NYSE: HIG). Access to the full company reports can be found at www.bedfordreport.com

After experiencing catastrophic losses in 2008, and being rescued by massive capital injections from the government, the insurance industry has been taking steps forward on the path to recovery. In 2009, the arrest of activity in credit markets caused bond prices to drop. Property & Casualty insurers have been hit especially hard by the poor bond market. They hold as much as two-thirds of their assets in bonds, and as such are highly sensitive to credit market conditions. It is expected that weak investment portfolios and reduced income from the variable annuities, in addition to weak underwriting, will make for downside pressure on these companies in the coming months.

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The outlook for Property & Casualty Insurance companies is considered to be mixed right now, with many analysts giving ratings ranging from hold to buy for both MetLife, Inc. and Hartford Financial Services. Since missing analyst expectations in its summer earnings announcement, MetLife, Inc. has had a slight pullback in share price. However, the company has outperformed the average for its industry. In April 2010, Hartford repaid to the entire $3.4 billion it received under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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