• Allstate Revenue Rises, but Earnings Miss Expectations Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 5:40 PM ET

    Allstate reported second-quarter earnings per share of $1.76 -- missing the average analysts' estimates by $0.05. But Allstate, the No. 2 writer of auto policies in the U.S. (after mutually-owned State Farm), posted quarterly revenue that beat Wall Street views: $9.455 billion versus the $9.005 billion that analysts had predicted.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Fiat Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    Shares in Fiat fell 0.3% Thursday as investors reacted to the launch of the new Cinquencento, an entry-level car revamped for the 50th anniversary of the original model.

  • Massachusetts Health Plan Seen as U.S. Model Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | 1:57 PM ET

    Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that he believes the Bay State’s new universal health plan mandate can succeed on the national level.

  • Filmmaker Michael Moore, whose movie "Sicko" opens Friday, told CNBC that he's urging investors to dump shares of health insurers and health maintenance organizations because "people don't need a middleman between the doctor and the patient."

  • European Stocks to Watch: Diageo Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 12:16 PM ET

    Shares in Diageo fell 2.5% as the world's largest alcoholic drinks maker held its operating profit growth target at 8% Thursday, despite upbeat sales for the recent quarter.

  • Reinsurer Paris Re Outlines $2 Billion Flotation Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 10:56 AM ET

    Reinsurer Paris Re detailed its forthcoming $2 billion share flotation on Thursday, promising one of the French capital's biggest stock market listings so far this year.

  • The auto and reinsurance industries are under one portfolio manager's radar, as he predicts high yields from those segments over the next three years. Laton Spahr, RiverSource Investments portfolio manager, told "Morning Call" he likes Ford Motor and XL Capital.

  • A federal appeals court grapples Wednesday with a billion-dollar legal question: Are insurance companies obligated to cover water damage from the failure of levees in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina?

  • SNS Reaal has agreed to buy AXA's Dutch insurance operations for 1.75 billion euros  ($2.36 billion), the companies said in separate press statements.

  • Swiss Re to Buy U.K. Life Book from Zurich: WSJ Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 2:46 AM ET

    Swiss Re is set to buy nearly 4 billion pounds ($7.90 billion) worth of U.K. life insurance liabilities from Swiss insurer Zurich Financial, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday. Both Zurich Financial and Swiss Re declined to comment on the story, which said terms of the deal were not known.

  • Adjusted net income rose 30% to $4.39 billion, or $1.68 a share. A consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Financial put earnings for the quarter at $1.54 a share

  • HSBC and Aviva to Start Insurance Venture Friday, 11 May 2007 | 2:48 AM ET

    Britain's largest bank HSBC and its largest insurer Aviva plan to create an insurance joint venture that will underwrite and distribute general insurance products to HSBC's 10 million UK customers.

  • Allstate, the largest publicly traded home and car insurer in the United States, said it would no longer offer new homeowner and landlord coverage in California.

  • Converium Drops Opposition Against Scor Takeover Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 2:46 AM ET

    Swiss reinsurer Converium  said Thursday it was dropping its months-long opposition to a takeover by Scor because the French company had improved its offer enough to recommend shareholder acceptance.

  • Sampo First-Quarter Pretax Jumps on Bank Sale Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 7:52 AM ET

    Sampo said investors would have to wait until next year to hear what the group plans to do with the 5.1 billion euros ($6.9 billion) of excess capital it has following the sale of its banking operation to Danske Bank.

  • Standard Life, one of Britain's largest insurers, said Tuesday its life and pensions sales rose 40% in the first three months of the year.

  • Allianz First-Quarter Profit Rises 78% Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 4:16 AM ET

    Insurer Allianz confirmed Tuesday that its first-quarter profit rose 78% on sales of stakes in BMW and retailer KarstadtQuelle, which helped offset claims from a storm that walloped parts of Europe in January.

  • Swiss Re First-Quarter Profit Climbs 54% Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 3:32 AM ET

    Swiss Re reported a consensus-beating first quarter net profit of 1.3 billion sfr, a 54% increase over the year-earlier period, due to a continuing good performance across all business segments.

  • Auto and home insurer Liberty Mutual Group will buy Ohio Casualty for $2.7 billion, the companies said, boosting the number of independent insurance agencies offering Liberty's products to nearly 10,000 nationwide.

  • Munich Re promised to return over 8 billion euros ($10.9 billion) to its shareholders through 2010, answering criticism it was not doing enough to drive up its stock price.

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