American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

A holding company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged primarily in property & casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses, & in the sale of fixed & variable annuities & various forms of supplemental insurance products.

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Member Avatar Wingaersheek (71.98) Submitted: 2/10/2014 6:18:24 PM : Outperform Start Price: $54.34 AFG Score: -0.94

American Financial Group is not the "sexy, high flying company" that a lot of people like to write about, and that's what makes it great. AFG is a company with a low volatility (Beta of 0.85) that pays a dividend and will provide steady returns. Currently, the company is trading well below industry average in all P/E, price to book, and price to free cash flow (the biggest indicator of those for me). AFG also has lower levels of debt, with a debt to equity of 0.2X and boasts a profit margin just under 50%. Despite being a steady company, there is room for dividend growth. The current dividend yield is 1.6% but the payout ratio is only 35%, indicating there is room to grow dividends within revenue.

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Member Avatar shaileshnita (70.63) Submitted: 6/23/2013 8:11:25 PM : Outperform Start Price: $45.62 AFG Score: +3.94

It has a good valuation.

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Member Avatar tex41 (23.43) Submitted: 11/28/2012 8:10:28 PM : Outperform Start Price: $36.93 AFG Score: +20.59

undervalued

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Member Avatar 3185296328795229 (33.83) Submitted: 10/31/2012 11:00:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $36.75 AFG Score: +21.07

An undervalued stock that does well.

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Member Avatar Chemdawg (28.87) Submitted: 10/15/2012 8:07:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $36.23 AFG Score: +26.32

great underwriting discipline and selling for less than book value...insurance is one of the most boring yet profitable businesses around

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Member Avatar TMFPennyWise (< 20) Submitted: 11/21/2011 3:55:03 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.43 AFG Score: +16.85

Strong numbers, excess capital, focus on specialty insurances & positive Fitch's ratings report per 3Q 2011 management discussion. Mid cap value and growth.

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Member Avatar artmchugh (< 20) Submitted: 8/10/2010 2:38:45 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.84 AFG Score: +44.38

This company has consistently outperformed many of its peers. It is focused on specialty niche markets so that it is less impacted by what is going on in the general insurance marketplace. Underwriting profit is their mantra and they mean which will generate superior returns at the end of the day.

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Member Avatar aflatcat (< 20) Submitted: 4/18/2010 11:50:50 AM : Outperform Start Price: $26.03 AFG Score: +60.34

timing

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Member Avatar musclemilk13 (99.43) Submitted: 4/12/2010 3:09:22 PM : Outperform Start Price: $21.78 AFG Score: +85.26

4/12 screen - percentile and reuters

dont know why i had already added this to caps in february. seems undervalued. stock that i want to research to add to my real money portfolio.

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Member Avatar ticerman (20.75) Submitted: 2/8/2010 12:20:22 AM : Outperform Start Price: $21.78 AFG Score: +85.26

phoney moneys is going to temp. make the financial stocks move up.

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Member Avatar JBouchard (48.95) Submitted: 1/7/2010 2:22:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.54 AFG Score: +87.95

Graham formula gives me a fair value estimate of $49 (based on current earnings of $3.39 and book value of $31.57) -- with the price currently at $25.25, that's a discount of over 45%.

Yes, the insurance sector still has some problems to resolve and the market's confidence has been shaken. But I think that over the next couple of years things will get better.

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Member Avatar RamsRule (< 20) Submitted: 8/29/2008 11:28:22 AM : Outperform Start Price: $24.64 AFG Score: +81.01

will start to move up

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Member Avatar mcfarldd (39.44) Submitted: 6/17/2008 2:47:27 AM : Outperform Start Price: $25.10 AFG Score: +84.89

Great time to buy at $29

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Member Avatar CINCYSTOCKS (89.27) Submitted: 3/13/2008 11:58:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $21.50 AFG Score: +116.19

Chairman gobblin gup shares. Record 2007 core earnings.

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Member Avatar ozzie (99.94) Submitted: 8/23/2007 6:05:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $25.09 AFG Score: +92.95

This is a bid for the combination of hard-hit Financial companies taking advantage with share repurchases.

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Member Avatar Bashmaki (68.33) Submitted: 5/3/2007 5:04:51 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.24 AFG Score: +56.54

Excellent numbers with 40% insider holdings makes for a solid comany with a vision

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Member Avatar jazper292 (< 20) Submitted: 12/5/2006 3:02:16 PM : Outperform Start Price: $29.83 AFG Score: +50.27

small cap A rating from schwab, value play

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Member Avatar GGGilmore (67.78) Submitted: 11/15/2006 4:17:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.43 AFG Score: +58.24

Recent good earnings are not reflected in market price. P/E is below the industry and this is a strong performer. I think we will see a P/E of 15, giving this a marktet price of $75 now. It earnings continue at the same pace, I would expect the stock to be $105 - $110 in 2 years.

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Member Avatar motleycrool (64.18) Submitted: 9/14/2006 3:08:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.91 AFG Score: +59.18

Well run insurance company. Throws off a ton of cash. Reasonably priced, even at its record high market price.

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Member Avatar mkirrene (22.29) Submitted: 8/29/2006 4:27:26 AM : Outperform Start Price: $25.99 AFG Score: +65.64

Consistently outperforms competitors. will gain from rising interest rates.

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