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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

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The Hartford's significant exposure to catastrophes and challenging regulatory environment are likely to weigh on overall results to some extent, going ahead. Also, weak Talcott Resolution segment also raises caution. However, The Hartford's core business strengthening capacities, efficient capital deployments and strong ratings appear impressive. Moreover, improved earnings performance, positive credit trends, and strengthened capital and liquidity position raise optimism. With respect to quarterly results, third-quarter 2015 earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and also declined year over year on low investment income and increased catastrophe activities. In fact, even increased share buybacks could not boost EPS through a reduced share count. The top line also declined.


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