Momentum Stock in Focus: Principal Financial Group Inc
February 3, 2016 by Simon Holdsworth
EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.05 on revenue of $2.91B. The consensus range is $1.03-$1.06 for EPS on revenue of $2.71B-$3.29B. The company has registered positive earnings surprises in four of the last four quarters with an average of 3.35%.
LAST QUARTER: Principal Financial Group Inc reported Q3 EPS of $1.06, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.06. Revenue came in at $3.24B, which was above the consensus $2.7B projection. Looking back further, it reported an increase in revenues to $3.41B in Q2 from $2.54B in Q1. The consensus estimate was of $2.57B and $2.61B, respectively.
PRICE ACTION: recently moved to $38.00 and the average price target from Wall Street research analysts covering the stock is $50.34. The share price has dropped -33.49% from its peak and so far in this year moved backward -15.52%. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.12 billion. The company with 4.72 million shares changed hands has PE of 9.25. During the day, the stock touched a high of $38.27 and low of $37.39. In one month, its share price decreased -17.68% and kept distance of 7.89% from worst level in 52 weeks.
Principal Financial Group Inc (PFG) on January 29, 2016 announced that Nora Everett, president – retirement and income solutions of the Principal Financial Group®, will present at the 17th Annual Credit Suisse Financial Services Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at 8:45 a.m. (EST) in Miami, Fla. Her presentation will provide insight on the company’s strategy to help customers achieve their financial goals, which will drive sustained long-term growth.
In another press release, on January 14, 2016, the company launched the Principal Secure Choice Indexed AnnuitySM. The new indexed annuity offers safety along with the opportunity for additional growth to help individuals meet their long-term retirement savings goals. The Principal Secure Choice Indexed Annuity is a single-premium, fixed deferred indexed annuity with performance based in part on performance of the S&P 500® Index1 (excluding dividends). It is simpler than other indexed annuities since there’s just one index to track and one application process for the two index-crediting methods investors can choose from.