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Buy Hartford as McGee Frees Capital, Goldman Sachs Says

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. shares may advance to $29 in the next 12 months after the company sold life insurance and retirement units to focus on property-casualty coverage, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The transactions free capital that can be used for buybacks and debt payments as Chief Executive Officer Liam McGee seeks to cut liabilities tied to variable annuities, Goldman Sachs analysts led by Christopher Giovanni said in a research note today. They recommend investors buy the shares. Hartford rose 0.3 percent to $23.89 at 3:26 p.m. in New York.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zachary Tracer in New York at ztracer1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Kraut at dkraut2@bloomberg.net

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