Why Markel Is Ready to Rebound

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty insurer Markel (NYSE: MKL  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Markel and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Markel facts

Headquarters (founded)

Glen Allen, Va. (1930)

Market Cap

$4.2 billion


Property and casualty insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.9 billion


Chairman/CEO Alan Kirshner
President/CIO Thomas Gayner

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$1.6 billion / $1.5 billion


CNA Financial (NYSE: CNA  ) Meadowbrook Insurance Group (UNKNOWN: MIG.DL  ) Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,817 members who have rated Markel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFDeej, tapped the stock as a particularly timely bargain opportunity:

I am taking advantage of the recent sell off in Markel that came as a result of its planned acquisition of Alterra. Whether this drop was caused by disapproval of the deal or by [merger arbitrage] players hedging their positions by shorting [Markel] is difficult to say, but I personally like the deal and the company so I'm adding it here.

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