Risk Management, Financial Results, and Community Bank Councils - Research Report on ACE, The Hartford, Radian, Loews, and

  Risk Management, Financial Results, and Community Bank Councils - Research
      Report on ACE, The Hartford, Radian, Loews, and American Financial

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NEW YORK, November 6, 2013

NEW YORK, November 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting ACE
Limited (NYSE: ACE), Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG),
Radian Group Inc. (NYSE: RDN), Loews Corporation (NYSE: L), and American
Financial Group Inc (NYSE: AFG). Today's readers may access these reports free
of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst
ratings - via the links below.

ACE Limited Research Report

On October 31, 2013, ACE Limited (ACE) reported that the ACE Group announced
the launch of a video series on several current risks associated with the
construction industry. The Company stated that the new series has three videos
providing important information to consider while preparing for risks related
to primary casualty, inland marine, safety hazards and overall general
construction industry exposures. William P. Hazelton, Executive Vice
President, ACE Construction Industry Practice Leader, commented, "Increased
contractual obligations, the growing trend toward integrated project delivery,
added development in catastrophe-exposed parts of the U.S. and on-site safety
hazards are just a few of the current risk management challenges this industry
is facing. The ACE Construction Industry Practice understands these challenges
and we have developed this video series to provide targeted information and
useful risk management strategies to help contractors better manage potential
future risks." The Full Research Report on ACE Limited - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:

[http://www.AnalystsCorner.com/r/full_research_report/97fa_ACE]

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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. Research Report

On October 28, 2013, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (The Hartford)
reported its Q3 2013 financial results with core earnings of $505 million, a
16.6% YoY increase. The Company reported net income of $293 million, or $0.60
per diluted share, compared to $13 million, or $0.01 per diluted share for Q3
2012. The Hartford's Chairman, President and CEO Liam E. McGee, commented,
"The Hartford's third quarter and year-to-date results demonstrate our
significant progress transforming the company. We are ahead of plan in
executing the strategy we outlined in March 2012 and, with continued strong
surrenders in Talcott, the variable annuity block is running off faster than
anticipated." The Full Research Report on Hartford Financial Services Group
Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets -
is available to download free of charge at:

[http://www.AnalystsCorner.com/r/full_research_report/ef1f_HIG]

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Radian Group Inc. Research Report

On October 29, 2013, Radian Group Inc. (Radian) reported that Radian Guaranty
Inc., its mortgage insurance subsidiary, hosted its first annual Community
Bank Advisory Council to gain insight into the key issues encountered by the
community bank industry. Radian's President Teresa Bryce Bazemore commented,
"Radian recognizes the high quality business that community banks ensure, and
we appreciate their focus on giving back to the communities they serve. We
truly value all of our community bank partners, and want to make sure we are
meeting their unique needs." Pete Mills, Senior Vice President, Residential
Policy and Member Services of the Mortgage Bankers Association, added, "The
industry is changing as the housing market recovers, and collaboration is an
important step to successfully navigate challenges that affect community banks
specifically."

The Full Research Report on Radian Group Inc. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free
of charge at:

[http://www.AnalystsCorner.com/r/full_research_report/e0e2_RDN]

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Loews Corporation Research Report

On October 28, 2013, Loews Corporation (Loews) reported its Q3 2013 and 9M
2013 financial results. Net income for the quarter came in at $282 million, or
$0.73 per share, versus $177 million, or $0.45 per share in Q3 2012. The
Company informed that excluding after tax non-cash ceiling test impairment
charges of $42 million in Q3 2013 and $166 million in Q3 2012, adjusted net
income for Q3 2013 and Q3 2012 was $324 million and $343 million respectively.
Book value per share (excluding accumulated other comprehensive income) went
up 4.1% YoY to $49.94 for the quarter. The Company's net income for the 9M
2013 was $793 million, or $2.03 per share, versus $600 million or $1.51 per
share for 9M 2012. The Full Research Report on Loews Corporation - including
full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:

[http://www.AnalystsCorner.com/r/full_research_report/3dcb_L]

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American Financial Group Inc Research Report

On October 29, 2013, American Financial Group Inc (American Financial)
announced financial results for Q3 2013. The Company reported revenues of $1.4
billion, up 11.9% YoY. Net earnings attributable to shareholders stood at $83
million or $0.92 per diluted share as compared to $226 million or $2.39 per
diluted share in Q3 2012. Core net operating earnings stood at $1.06 per
diluted share compared with $0.82 per diluted share in Q3 2012. The Company's
book value per share (excluding appropriated retained earnings and unrealized
gains on fixed maturities) increased 6.7% YoY, to $45.36. S. Craig Lindner and
Carl H. Lindner III, American Financial's Co-CEOs, commented, "Our specialty
P&C and annuity operations performed well during the third quarter, producing
strong core operating earnings as we continued to grow businesses where we are
achieving targeted returns." They continued, "Our strong financial position
provides the flexibility to act on strategic business opportunities with the
potential to produce desired long-term returns. We will continue to evaluate
opportunities to grow our business and will return value to our shareholders
through opportunistic share repurchases and dividends." For full-year 2013,
the Company anticipates core operating EPS to be within $4.00 and $4.20. The
Full Research Report on American Financial Group Inc - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free
of charge at:

[http://www.AnalystsCorner.com/r/full_research_report/ac2c_AFG]

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