It is August and summer time but the stock market never sleeps and I also want to show potential buys for the month of August. Although the market was on a constant bull run the last couple of weeks, there are still some buying opportunities to find out there in the market. My main focus the month will be on the finance sector, so all three stocks will be from that sector. None of these three stocks are well known in Europe, but those in the US will recognize them easily. Anyways let’s start with the first company.
Principal Financial Group
Principal Financial Group- (PFG) – provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services in the United States and internationally. It operates in four segments: U.S. Asset Accumulation, Global Asset Management, International Asset Management and Accumulation, and Life and Health Insurance. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa. The company increased their dividend in the last six years.
Dividend Rate: 2.12 USD
Dividend Yield: 3.93%
Price: 53.98 USD
Payout Ratio: 37.0%
P/E Ratio 2017: 11.55 / 5-Year AVG: 12.87
Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU) is a multinational financial services company that offers insurance, investment management, and real-estate services to its retail and institutional customers. Notable products and services provided include life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, pension and retirement-related investments, administration and asset management, and securities brokerage services. The company is based out of Newark, New Jersey and was founded in 1875 and increased their dividend for the last 9 years.
Dividend Rate: 3.60 USD
Dividend Yield: 3.71%
Price: 96.97 USD
Payout Ratio: 29.7%
P/E Ratio: 11.52 / 5-Year AVG: 12.93
MetLife, Inc. (MET) is a provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs. The company serves over 90 million customers in over 60 countries. MET operates in six segments including Insurance Products, Retirement Products, Corporate Benefit Funding and Auto & Home,, and Japan and Other International Regions. The company was founded in 1868, and is based in New York, NY and has increased their dividend in the last 5 years.