2 Insurance Stocks Attracting Traders Before Earnings

AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.52 per share, a rise of 14.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.50. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.52 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.2% versus last year to $6.37.

Last quarter, the company reported net income of $1.66 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters. On average, analysts predict $6.06 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 14.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $23.24 billion for the year, a rise of 12.1% from last year’s revenue of $20.73 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Unum Group (NYSE:UNM), Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:PFG), Triple-S Management Corp. (NYSE:GTS), American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC), CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI), WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP), Universal American Corp. (NYSE:UAM), Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and HealthMarkets, Inc. (NYSE:UCI).

W.R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 48 cents per share, a decline of 29.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 61 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 53 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 24.2% versus last year to $2.04.

The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked profit of 44 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 39 cents per share. Analysts are projecting a decline of 1.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.21 billion.

Competitors to Watch: White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM), American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG), The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV), First Mercury Financial Corp. (NYSE:FMR), Global Indemnity plc (NASDAQ:GBLI), OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:OB), Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL), Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACGL), and CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA).