LONDON, February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The General Insurance sector is performing well despite tailwinds caused by natural disasters and other such factors. Aon plc (NYSE : AON ) announced robust fourth quarter results despite experiencing the negative impact of the Sandy storm. The company also went ahead with its share repurchase program and enhanced its shareholders' value. Conversely, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (NYSE : MMC ) is also in the process of consolidating its business and made a number of acquisitions to boost its operations. The overall impact of these acquisitions is expected to be positive on the stock. StockCall analysts initiated preliminary technical research on Aon Corp. and Marsh & McLennan Co. These free reports are accessible by signing today at
Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. Makes Acquisitions
Marsh & McLennan reported a 3 percent increase in its fourth quarter revenue to $3 billion, whereas its adjusted earnings per share stood at 52 cents a piece. The company met consensus estimates for EPS as well as for revenue. Marsh & McLennan's stock is up 12.43 percent in the past 12 months and it offers attractive dividend yield of 2.58 percent. The company recently declared its quarterly dividend at 23 cents per share. Register now to download the free research on Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. at
The company is expanding its business and acquired Coopers Mining Industry Salary Surveys database. The purchase was made through the company's subsidiary Mercer, and it will help the company boost its services portfolio. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement but the purchase is likely to have positive impact on the stock price.
Marsh & McLennan also purchased McGraw Wentworth and Liscomb Hood Mason. The company is aggressive in pursuing its growth objects and the company stockholders are expected to benefit from the synergies created by these acquisitions. The acquisitions will not only let the company offer new services but will also help it in entering new geographical markets. Overall, the stock is expected to fare better in 2013 and to healthy returns to its investors.
Aon plc Repurchases Stock
Aon plc recently created its new 52-week high on the back of robust quarterly results. The company's fourth quarter net income jumped 10 percent to $1.27 per share. Its revenue also registered 4 percent growth and reached $3.12 billion figure. The company had earned $2.99 billion in revenue for the corresponding quarter of the last year. Aon plc thoroughly beat consensus estimate of $1.26 per share in EPS and revenue projection of $3.08 billion in revenue. Its results were negatively affected due to Sandy's impact; however, the company benefited from its cost saving measures and the stock responded to it in the positive way. The free technical analysis on Aon Corp. is available by signing up at
Aon plc also reported better margins. Its human resources business also performed well. For its full year, Aon plc reported 2 percent increase in its revenue to $11.5 billion. Its net income for the year stood at $993 million, up 1 percent. The company stock is up 25 percent in the past 52 weeks and its dividend yield stands at 1.06 percent. However, the company also returned value to its investors via stock buyback. In the past year, Aon plc repurchased $500 million worth of shares.
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