5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now

Credit Suisse analystsMark Lear and team explain why they upgradedWhiting Petroleum (WLL) to Outperform from Neutral:

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We upgradeWhiting Petroleum to Outperform and raise our target price to $14 per share (from $13/sh) given Whiting Petroleums significant beta to a higher mark to market 2Q16 WTI price. Our target price is further aided by a recent debt exchange whereby the company was able to remove $1.065bn of debt principal through the use of mandatory convertibles. Our $14/sh target price…is based on an assumption of max dilution, with actual shares issued on the convertible debt depending on how Whiting Petroleums stock trades over the next few weeks. This exchange came on the heels of a smaller 1Q16 announcement which removes ~$477mm of debt from the balance sheet.

In the most recent exchange, the minimum mandatory conversion price has a lower bound at $8.75 per share, which when coupled with macro fears appears to have unjustly hurt and kept the stock range-bound since the announcement, asWhiting Petroleum is down ~34% over the past month relative to the XOP up ~2%. However, an extensive inventory in the core of the Williston coupled with improving type curves from larger completions which are increasing validated in state production data provide compelling near term catalysts as we expect drilling activity to accelerate in 2017 at the latest. Meanwhile, asset sales remain another key catalyst with remaining assets on the block including North Ward Estes and the monetization of Whiting Petroleums Williston Basin gas plants.

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Finisar Corporation(FNSR)

 

Finisar Corporation provides optical subsystems and components for data communication and telecommunication applications in the United States, Malaysia, China, and internationally. Its optical subsystems primarily consist of transmitters, receivers, transceivers, transponders, and active optical cables that provide the fundamental optical-electrical or optoelectronic interface for interconnecting the electronic equipment used in communication networks, including the switches, routers, and servers used in wireline networks, as well as the antennas and base stations used in wireless networks. The company also offers wavelength selective switches, which are used to switch network traffic from one optical fiber to multiple other fibers without converting to an electronic signal. In addition, it provides optical components comprising packaged lasers, receivers, and photodetectors for data communication and telecommunication applica tions; and passive optical components for telecommunication applications. Finisar Corporation markets its products through its direct sales force, as well as through a network of distributors and manufacturers representatives to the original equipment manufacturers of storage systems, networking equipment, and telecommunication equipment, as well as to their contract manufacturers. Finisar Corporation was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $16.70 after the company reported upbeat Q3 earnings.

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  • [By Renu Singh]

    Finisar’s (FNSR) datacom segment generated $184.4 million in revenue in the last reported quarter. This was a sequential growth of 9.3%. The Ten Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE modules contributed about 40% to the datacom segment’s revenue. As organizations go digital, there are an increasing number of applications that require considerable bandwidth to support the transfer of large data, video, and audio files across networks. Using 10GbE optical links provides sufficient bandwidth to support these bandwidth-intensive applications at a lower cost.

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Energy Focus, Inc.(EFOI)

Energy Focus, Inc., incorporated on May 2, 2007, along with its subsidiaries is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, installation and sale of lighting systems. The Company is engaged in developing and selling of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products for military maritime market, and general commercial and industrial markets.

The Company produces, sources and/or markets a range of lighting technologies to serve its primary end markets. The Company offers military maritime products, including Military Intellitube, military globe lights and military berth light to serve the United States navy and allied foreign navies. The Company offers commercial products, including direct-wire tubular LED (TLED) replacements for linear fluorescent lamps, LED dock lights, vapor tight lighting, low-bay and high-bay lighting for high-intensity discharge (HID) applications and LED retrofit kits to serve commercial and industrial markets. The Company produces its lighting products and systems through a combination of internal manufacturing and assembly at its Solon, Ohio facility, and sourced finished goods. Its internal lighting system manufacturing consists primarily of final assembly, testing, and quality control.

The Company competes with Royal Philips, CREE, Inc., Osram Sylvania and GE, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy Focus Inc (NASDAQ: EFOI) were down 40 percent to $7.95 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q4 results.

    Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME) was down, falling around 20 percent to $17.47 after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

10 Best Gas Stocks To Buy For 2016: Stage Stores, Inc.(SSI)

 

Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company also offers merchandise direct-to-consumer through its e-commerce Website and send program. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 834 specialty department stores in 39 states and a direct-to-consumer channel under the BEALLS, GOODY’S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES, and STAGE nameplates. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Stage Stores Inc (NYSE: SSI) shares fell 15.11 percent to $5.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 results and lowered its full-year outlook.

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Discover Financial Services(DFS)

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover card-branded credit cards to individuals and small businesses that are accepted on the Discover Network. This segment also provides other consumer banking products and services, including personal loans, student loans, and prepaid cards, as well as other consumer lending and deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, online savings accounts, and individual retirement account. The Payment Services segment operates the PULSE network, an automated teller machine, debit, and electronic funds transfer network; the Diners Club International network, a global payments network; and third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The company was found ed in 1986 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer White]

    The analyst believes AmEx has a “less competitive edge” in the volume game, and concluded with a warning to avoid the stock. He recommended that investors looking for transaction or card loan exposure should look to Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), respectively.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    The S&P 500 Index closed up 0.08 percent, with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), up 8.14 percent on its earnings, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), up 4.82 percent on rising oil prices, having posted the largest gains.

5 Best Regional Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. The Private Banking segment offers advisory services and a range of wealth management solutions, including pension planning, life insurance products, tax planning, and wealth and inheritance advice for the high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. This segment also supplies banking products and services to affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, and corporates and institutions. The Investment Banking segment provides investment banking and securities products and services to corporations, governments, pension funds, and institutions. Its products and services include debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions advice, divestitures, corporate sales, restructuring, and investment research. The Asset Management segment offe rs integrated investment solutions and services to institutions, governments, foundations and endowments, corporations, and individuals. It provides access to a range of investment classes across alternative investment, asset allocation, and traditional investment strategies. The company operates in Switzerland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. Credit Suisse Group AG was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul R. La Monica]

    European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.

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