Aviva PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides life and health insurance and related products and services in the United Kingdom and internationally. Aviva has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Aviva a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings ratesas a buy . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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