Progressive (PGR) Gets a Hold Rating from Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo analyst Elyse Greenspan maintained a Hold rating on Progressive (NYSE: PGR) today and set a price target of $64. The company’s shares opened today at $68.74, close to its 52-week high of $69.01.

Greenspan observed:

“We are seeing a slowing of rate increases in the personal auto sector and we believe others will join PGR in the push for growth. As PGR pushes for growth and less rate, and as favorable frequency trends reverse, we believe PGR should see some margin volatility and see the shares fairly valued at current levels. $ 2017A 2018E 2019E EPS Curr. Curr.”

According to, Greenspan is a 3-star analyst with an average return of 5.4% and a 63.7% success rate. Greenspan covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as Marsh & Mclennan Companies, Renaissancere Holdings Ltd, and United Insurance Holdings.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Moderate Buy analyst consensus rating for Progressive with a $65.88 average price target.

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Based on Progressive’s latest earnings release for the quarter ending June 30, the company reported a quarterly net profit of $704 million. In comparison, last year the company had a net profit of $368 million.

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Progressive Corp. is an insurance holding company, which engages in the provision of personal and commercial auto insurance, residential property insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services. It operates through the following segments: Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, Property, and Other Indemnity.