5 Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2014

Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis.

On Wednesday shares of ex-Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) component Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) went crazy, rising 9%. The move was the result of the company’s reporting earnings on Tuesday after the closing bell, which certainly impressed investors on some level even as it made this one a little nervous.

Earnings Report

The company reported net revenue of $29.1 billion for the quarter, while analysts had predicted $27.9 billion. But that was still a decline of 3% from the same quarter in 2012. Non-GAAP net earnings came in at $1.10 per share, in line with expectations, but again down 13% from this time last year. The fourth quarter GAAP net earnings hit $0.73 per share, higher than the posted loss of $3.49 per share the company reported last year — but that was when HP took a writedown from the poor Autonomy acquisition. Cash flow from operations hit $2.8 billion, again down when compared to last year by 31%.

5 Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2014: Realty Income Corporation(O)

Realty Income Corporation engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. The company leases its retail properties primarily to regional and national retail chain store operators. As of December 31, 2006, it owned 1,955 retail properties located in 48 states, covering approximately 16.7 million square feet of leasable space. The company also held a portfolio of 60 properties through its wholly owned subsidiary, Crest Net Lease, Inc. (Crest), as of the above date. Realty Income Corporation has elected to be treated as a real estate investment trust (REIT) under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal income taxes provided it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Free-standing retail outlet center real estate investment trust Realty Income (O) raised its monthly dividend 0.17% to 18.25 cents per share, payable April 15 to shareholders of record as of April 1. The increase marks the 75th rise in Realty Income’s dividend. At more than 5%, O is the highest-yielding stock of this week’s list of dividend stocks.
    O Dividend Yield: 5.16%

  • [By Editor , Dividend Growth Investor]

    Realty Income (O) has regularly raised distributions for 20 years in a row. The company has managed to increase dividends by 6% per year over the past decade.Yield: 5.30% (analysis)

  • [By Charles Sizemore]

    ARCP has a shorter trading history than some of its peers, such as Realty Income (O) and National Retail Properties (NNN), which largely explains why its yield is higher. As a relatively new REIT, ARCP stock is largely unfollowed by investors. But once its merger with Cole Properties (COLE) is completed, ARCP will be the largest trip-net REIT by market cap and total square footage, and it will no longer be flying under Wall Street’s radar.

5 Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2014: Nexia Holdings Inc (NXHD)

Nexia Holdings, Inc. (Nexia), incorporated on April 20, 1987, operates in three principal areas: the operation of Landis Lifestyle Salons through Nexia’s ownership interest in Green Endeavors, Inc. (GRNE), which holds an 100% ownership interest in Landis Salons, Inc. and 100% ownership of Landis Salons II, Inc. (Landis II); assisting with the development and production of film products in Revel Entertainment, Inc., and the acquisition, leasing and selling of real estate. Landis operates two Aveda lifestyle salons that feature Aveda products for retail sale. Landis intends to limit the services offered in its salons to hair and makeup only. The salons’ operations consist of three major components: an Aveda retail store, a hair salon, and a training academy. Revel Entertainment, Inc. (Revel) is engaged in developing, producing, and acquiring new scripts and films. On August 15, 2010, Redline Entertainment, Inc. (Redline) was launched to assist in the foreign sales of Rev el’s films and to assist other non-affiliated films secure distribution in overseas markets. In April of 2010, Nexia acquired Fast Car Entertainment LLC, a Utah limited liability company that holds and owns the rights to the film entitled Repo.

Salon Operations

Through the operation of the salons, the Company offers hair care and other salon services, such as makeup, skin care and nail care. The salons incorporate the Aveda line of products the services performed, as well as the retail product offered for sale. These products include for both men and women, which includes hair care, including hair color and styling products, shampoos, conditioners and finishing sprays; makeup, including lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, foundations, eye shadows, nail polishes and powders; skincare, including moisturizers, creams, lotions, cleansers and sunscreens, and fragrance products. Aveda develops and manufactures a range hair, skin, makeup, perfumes, and lif estyle products from the oils of flowers and plants gathered! from worldwide. The products are sold in professional, licensed hair salons.

Entertainment Operations

Nexia has formed Revel as its film production vehicle. This Utah Corporation is 100% owned by Nexia. Revel holds a 48.7% ownership interest in and maintains control of Aesop Pictures, LLC. Nexia has a wholly owned subsidiary named Redline Entertainment, Inc. that seek to enter into contracts for the international distribution of film projects for its related entities, such as Aesop Pictures, LLC, but will also contract with third parties to assist in the distribution of their film projects. Redline would be paid a fee from the funds generated from those distribution agreement obtained for the third parties.

Real Estate Operations

Nexia operates two real estate subsidiaries: Wasatch Capital Corporation and Downtown Development Corporation. Nexia has title to two residential properties.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Green Endeavors’ parent company, Nexia Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS: NXHD), is a diverse holding company in the health and beauty, real estate and entertainment industries while Green Endeavors owns and operates two Aveda™ salons as Landis Salons, Inc. and Landis Salons II, Inc. On Friday, Green Endeavors rose 8.11% to $0.0040 for a market cap of $147.866 plus GRNE is up 3,900% over the past year and up 100% since October 2008 according to Google Finance.

5 Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2014: MFC Industrial Ltd (MIL)

MFC Industrial Ltd., formerly Terra Nova Royalty Corp., is a global commodity supply chain company that sources and delivers commodities and materials to clients all over the world. The Company is engaged in the financing and risk management aspect of the business. The Company operates in three segments: commodities and resources, which includes its commodities activities and mineral interests; merchant banking, which includes structured solutions, logistics and financial services and investing activities, and other, which encompasses its corporate and other investments and business interests, including its medical supplies and servicing business. In December 2011, the Company acquired Pea Ridge Iron Ore Mine in Missouri, the Unites States of America. In September 2012, its indirect wholly owned subsidiary acquired the remaining interest in Compton Petroleum Corporation. In November, 2012, it acquired 70% interest in Park Ridge, NJ-based ACC Resources Co., L.P. (ACCR) and 60% interest in Mexico City-based Possehl Mexico S.A. de C.V. (Possehl). In April 2013, 0915988 BC Ltd acquired the entire share capital of MFC Industrial Ltd.

Commodities and Resources

The Company’s supply chain business is globally focused and includes its integrated commodities operations and its mineral interests. It conducts such operations primarily through its subsidiaries based in Vienna, Austria and supply various commodities, including minerals and metals, chemicals, plastics and wood products to its customers. Through its global commodity supply chain business, it also provides logistics, supply chain management and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Its commodities operations include sourcing and supplying commodities. The Company sources its commodities from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, the United States and the Middle East. Its commodities sales include the European, Middle Eastern, Asian and North and Sou th American markets.

Merchant Banking

The Company’s merchant banking operations include merchant banking and financial services, specialized banking, third-party financing and other services, investing and its real property. Its activities include making investments through investing its own capital to capture investment opportunities. The Company focuses on meeting the financial needs of small to mid-sized companies and other business enterprises primarily in Europe and Asia. Its merchant banking business generates revenues in the form of corporate and trade finance service fees and interest income. It also realizes gains from time to time on its investments, upon their sale, the execution of an equity or debt .


Its other segment include its corporate and other investments, It includes financing joint ventures through its Shanghai, China-based subsidiary which provides medical services, equipment and supplies.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Just last week I went around the world with a stock screener to see if any cheap and appealing stocks appeared. At the top of my international buy list right now is Canada-based MFC Industrial (MIL). MIL has also shown up on my screen for “perfect stocks” since it trades below book value, is profitable and pays a dividend.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Global commodity supply chain company MFC Industrial (NYSE: MIL  ) announced yesterday its third-quarter dividend of $0.06 per share, the same rate it’s paid for the past year.

5 Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2014: Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL)

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a financial and professional services firm, provides integrated real estate and investment management services to owner, occupier, investor, developer clients worldwide. Its real estate services comprise agency leasing, investment management, tenant representation, real estate investment banking/merchant banking, property management, corporate finance, facilities management/outsourcing, hotel/hospitality advisory, project and development management/construction, energy and sustainability services, valuations, value recovery and receivership services, consulting, logistics and supply chain management, and capital markets. The company offers these services to real estate owners, occupiers, investors, and developers for various property types, including offices, multi-family residential and military housing, hotels, critical environments and data centers, industrial properties, sports facilities, retail properties, cultural facilities, healthc are and laboratory facilities, transportation centers, government facilities, and educational facilities. It also provides a range of real estate investment products and services in the public and private capital markets, as well as indirect public investments primarily in publicly traded real estate investment trusts and other real estate equities. Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated was founded in 1997 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Udovich]

    Midcaps CBRE Group Inc (NYSE: CBG) and Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (NYSE: JLL) are probably the better known real estate services stocks with the latter surging 12.36% yesterday on impressive earnings, but small cap stocks Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE: KW) and FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV) are also important real estate services providers that you may have overlooked. After all, real estate services stocks like the following would offer exposure to real estate by being invested in property as well as generating revenue from transactions, property management and other services:   

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The healthcare REIT is busy trying to convince investors that there’s nothing behind the move other than the fact that they wanted a new leadership style when the place Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Lauralee Martin at the helm. Cowen’s James Sullivan explains why the move continues to shake up investors:

5 Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2014: BV Financial Inc (BVFL)

BV Financial, Inc. (BV Financial), is a federally-chartered savings and loan holding company and the holding company for Bay-Vanguard Federal, a federally-chartered savings bank. BV Financial’s business activity is the ownership of the Bay-Vanguard Federal. The Company operates as a community-oriented financial institution offering traditional financial services to consumers and businesses in its market area. It attracts deposits from the general public and uses those funds to originate one- to four-family real estate, mobile home, construction, multi-family, commercial real estate, and consumer loans, which it hold for investment. The Company operates two branch offices in Baltimore City and two branch offices in Anne Arundel County. In June 2013, BV Financial Inc’s Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank acquired Vigilant Federal Savings Bank.

Lending Activities

The Company’s loan portfolio consists primarily of one- to four-family residential rea l estate loans. Its loan portfolio includes mobile home loans, construction loans, multi-family, commercial real estate loans, and consumer loans. As of June 30, 2009, Bay-Vanguard Federal had no loans that were held for sale. Its primary lending activity is the origination of mortgage loans to enable borrowers to purchase or refinance existing homes in its market area. It only offer fixed and adjustable rate mortgage loans and primarily with terms of 15, 20 or 30 years. The Company also offers adjustable-rate mortgage loans with interest rates and payments that adjust annually or every three years.

The Company originates mobile home loans directly and purchase mobile home loans from Forward National and Mainland Financial, which specialize in mobile home lending. As of June 30, 2009, 13.6% of its mobile home portfolio was originated by directly and 70.4% and 16% was purchased from Forward National and Mainland Financial, respectively. As of June 30, 2009, it h ad 340 mobile home loans, the average size of which was appr! oximately $34,000. Its mobile home loans, which are made primarily to borrowers in Maryland and Pennsylvania, have terms of up to 25 years and fixed interest rates. It originates loans to individuals and, to a lesser extent, builders to finance the construction of residential dwellings. It also make construction loans for commercial development projects, including condominiums, apartment buildings, mixed-use properties with residential units, as well as retail space and owner-occupied properties used for business.

The Company offers fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgage loans secured by multi-family and commercial real estate. Its multi-family and commercial real estate loans are secured by condominiums, apartment buildings and mixed-use properties with residential units, as well as retail space. It originates multi-family and commercial real estate loans for terms up to 25 years. The Company’s other consumer loans are primarily loans secured by passbook or certificate accounts, automobile and boat loans and secured personal loans.

Investment Activities

The Company has legal authority to invest in various types of liquid assets, including the United States Treasury obligations, securities of various federal agencies and municipal governments, deposits at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and certificates of deposit of federally insured institutions. As of June 30, 2009, its investment portfolio totaled $13.8 million and consisted primarily of the United States Treasury obligations and federal agency securities, mortgage-backed securities issued primarily by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, and a mutual fund that invests in adjustable-rate mortgages.

Deposit Activities and Other Sources of Funds

Deposits and loan repayments are the major sources of its funds for lending and other investment purposes. The Company’s deposits are attracted from within its market ar ea through the offering of selection of deposit instruments,! includin! g checking accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) and money market accounts, passbook and savings accounts, and certificates of deposit. As of June 30, 2009, its core deposits, which consist of savings, NOW and money market accounts, consists 49% of its deposits.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CRWE]

    Today, BVFL remains (0.00%) +0.000 at $6.52 thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 3:05PM EDT September 4, 2013).

    BV Financial, Inc. previously reported net income of $488,000, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the year ended June 30, 2013 compared to $1,073,000, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the year ended June 30, 2012. Results for 2013 were impacted by the acquisition of Vigilant Federal Savings Bank on May 31, 2013. As a result of the acquisition, BV Financial acquired $47.5 million in assets, $44.4 million in liabilities and created $119,000 in goodwill.