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Best Airline Companies To Invest In Right Now: Regions Financial Corporation(RF)
Regions Financial Corporation, incorporated on February 13, 2004, is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its banking operations through Regions Bank, an Alabama state-chartered commercial bank, which is a member of the Federal Reserve System. The Company operates in three segments: Corporate Bank, Consumer Bank and Wealth Management. The Company provides traditional commercial, retail and mortgage banking services, as well as other financial services in the fields of asset management, wealth management, securities brokerage, insurance brokerage, trust services, merger and acquisition advisory services, and other specialty financing. The Company operates approximately 1,960 automated teller machines (ATMs) and over 1,630 banking offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The Company’s total loans amount to approx imately $81,162 million. Its investment securities available for sale include the United States Treasury securities, Federal agency securities, Obligations of states and political subdivisions, Mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Corporate and other debt securities, and Equity securities. The Company’s total securities amount to approximately $22,710 million. Deposits are the Company’s primary source of funds. The Company’s deposits consist of non-interest-bearing demand deposit, savings deposit, interest-bearing transaction deposit, money market-domestic deposit, money market-foreign deposit, time deposits and corporate treasury time deposits. Its total deposits amount to approximately $98,430 million.
In addition to its banking operations, the Company provides additional financial services through its subsidiaries. Regions Insurance Group, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, is an insurance broker that offers insurance products through its subsidiaries, which inc lude Regions Insurance, Inc., Trilogy Risk Specialists, Inc.! and Regions Insurance Services, Inc. Through its insurance brokerage operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, Regions Insurance, Inc. offers insurance coverage for various lines of personal and commercial insurance, such as property, vehicle, casualty, life, health and accident insurance. Regions Insurance, Inc. also provides services related to employee benefits. Trilogy Risk Specialists, Inc. operates as a wholesale insurance broker assisting retail insurance brokers in placing insurance coverage for the retail brokers’ customers with risk bearing entities. Regions Insurance Services, Inc. offers various insurance products, such as crop, life and environmental insurance.
Regions Equipment Finance Corporation and Regions Commercial Equipment Finance, LLC provide equipment financing products, focusing on commercial clients. Regions Investment Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Regions Bank, offers investments and insurance products to Regions Bank customers. In addition, Regions Bank and Regions Investment Services, Inc. also maintain an agreement with Cetera Investment Services, LLC to offer securities, insurance and advisory services to Regions Bank customers through dually employed financial consultants. Regions Securities LLC, a subsidiary of the Company, serves as a broker-dealer to commercial clients and acts in an advisory capacity to merger and acquisition transactions.
Corporate Bank Segment
The Corporate Bank segment represents the Company’s commercial banking functions, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and investor real estate lending. The segment also includes equipment lease financing. Corporate Bank customers are corporate, middle market and commercial real estate developers and investors.
Consumer Bank Segment
The Consumer Bank segment represents the Company’s br anch network, including consumer banking products and servic! es relate! d to residential first mortgages, home equity lines and loans, small business loans, indirect loans, consumer credit cards and other consumer loans, as well as the corresponding deposit relationships. The segment’s services are also provided through alternative channels, such as the Internet and telephone banking.
Wealth Management Segment
The Wealth Management segment offers individuals, businesses, governmental institutions and non-profit entities a range of solutions to enable transfer of wealth. Its offerings include credit related products, trust and investment management, asset management, retirement and savings solutions, estate planning and personal and commercial insurance products.
- [By Matthew Smith]
We also think that Regions Financial (RF) should be bought on the weakness in their share price right now. The shares trade roughly $1/share below their 52-week high right now but with what we see happening in the financial space over the next few months and few years we think that this name is a deal under $10/share. Like the discount brokers, as the yield curve steepens the company’s profits shall increase and with that taking place and the continued improvement in the company’s balance sheet we think share buybacks and dividends will be carried out and even raised.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Bank of America (BAC) is our top bank idea – expectations are lower with shares at ~0.9x TBV, its balance sheet is highly asset sensitive (~100 bps parallel increase in rates adds ~$6B to NII or ~$0.35 to EPS), and Bank of America should be a relative winner in CCAR (total payout ratio should rise closer to ~60% vs. ~40% in 2015 planning period). We continue to like Comerica (CMA) given its M&A optionality over the intermediate term (takeout price likely closer to ~$60) but would use market volatility to add on weakness. It is harder to find value in the regional banks (examples: Citizens Financial Group (CFG), Regions Financial (RF), SunTrust Banks (STI), Zions Bancorp (ZION)), and the asset-sensitive regionals look more vulnerable if sentiment weakens. We remain comfortable with the Underperform on M&T Bank (MTB) which trades at ~13.5x 2017E EPS vs. the ~11x peer median.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).
Best Airline Companies To Invest In Right Now: Endeavour Silver Corporation(EXK)
Endeavour Silver Corp., a mid-tier precious metals mining company, engages in acquisition, exploration, development, extraction, processing, refining, and reclamation of mining properties in Mexico and Chile. The company primarily explores for silver and gold deposits. It holds interest in the Guanacev铆 mine in the Durango state; and the Bola帽itos and El Cubo mines in the Guanajuato state of Mexico. It also owns interests in various exploration properties, including the Guadalupe y Calvo and Parral projects in Chihuahua, Mexico; the Terronera project in Jalisco, Mexico; and the Lourdes locate in Guanajuato state of Mexico. In addition, Endeavour Silver Corp. has options to acquire a 51% interest in the Panuco exploration property in Durango, Mexico; and purchase a 75% interest in the El Inca properties located in Chile. The company was formerly known as Endeavour Gold Corp. and changed its name to Endeavour Silver Corp. in S eptember 2004. Endeavour Silver Corp. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Monday, basic materials shares surged by 1.1 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK).
10 Best Diversified Bank Stocks To Buy For 2016: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (The)(IPG)
The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. The company offers consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialized communications disciplines. It also provides various diversified services, including public relations, meeting and event production, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate and brand identity, and strategic marketing consulting. The companys brands comprise McCann, MullenLowe, IPG Mediabrands, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, and The Martin Agency, as well as Foote, Cone & Belding. The company was formerly known as McCann-Erickson Incorporated and changed its name to The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. in January 1961. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Jefferies analysts noted that Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (IPG) offers some upside, but certain factors will continue to weigh down the stock. As such, the analysts upgraded the marketing and advertising company on Wednesday, but only with a tepid rating.
The analysts upgraded IPG from “Underperform” to “Hold” and now see shares reaching $17.20, up from the previous target of $11. This new price target suggests a slight upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $16.92.
Jefferies analyst David Reynolds commented, “There’s a lot to be said for IPG, robust earnings growth profile, plays well into a ‘growth’ ad spend market and perhaps it remains the key beneficiary of all things POG. Yet, issues around North American profitability and developing economy scale continue to weigh. Richly valued and thus only c.2% upside to the ‘old normal’ and demonstrably bullish 16.7x forward earnings, we think warrants a HOLD. We set our new PT at US$17.20, 16.7x FY14 earnings.”
Interpublic Group shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Wednesday. The stock is up 53.54% year-to-date.
Best Airline Companies To Invest In Right Now: Dynamic Materials Corporation(BOOM)
Dynamic Materials Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides explosion-welded clad metal plates, oil field perforating equipment and explosives, and welding services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Explosive Metalworking, Oilfield Products, and AMK Welding. The Explosive Metalworking segment primarily manufactures explosion-welded clad metal plates that are used in the construction of heavy and corrosion resistant pressure vessels, and heat exchangers for oil and gas, alternative energy, chemical and petrochemical, hydrometallurgy, aluminum production, shipbuilding, power generation, and industrial refrigeration industries. This segment sells its products through senior management, direct sales personnel, program managers, and independent sales representatives. The Oilfield Products segment engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of perforating explosives and associated hardware, as well as seismic explosives for the oil and gas industry. Its p roducts include shaped charges, detonators, detonating cords, bidirectional boosters, and perforating guns for the perforation of oil and gas wells. This segment offers its products through direct selling, licensed distributors, independent sales representatives, and international distribution centers. The AMK Welding segment provides welding, heat treatment, and inspection services primarily to power turbine manufacturers, and commercial and military aircraft engine manufacturers. The company was formerly known as Explosive Fabricators, Inc. and changed its name to Dynamic Materials Corporation in 1994. Dynamic Materials Corporation was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
- [By Andrew Efimoff]
WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:
California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22% Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39% Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45% Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91% EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20% Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90% Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79% Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79% SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38% Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%
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Best Airline Companies To Invest In Right Now: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.(AEIS)
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and supports power conversion products and solutions that transform power into various usable forms. The company offers thin film deposition power conversion systems, including direct current (DC), pulsed DC low frequency, high voltage, and radio frequency (RF) power supplies, as well as matching networks and remote plasma sources for reactive gas applications and RF instrumentation. Its power conversion systems are used by semiconductor, solar panel, and similar thin film manufacturers, including flat panel display, data storage, industrial hard coating and ophthalmic optical coating equipment makers, and architectural glass manufacturers. The company also provides power control modules and thermal instrumentation products for rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, crystal growing, and other semiconductor and solar ap plications, as well as in chemical processing, glass manufacturing, and other general industrial power applications. In addition, it offers repair, conversions, upgrades, and refurbishments services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors in North America, Europe, and Asia. Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.
- [By Nelson Hem]
While short sellers shied away from many of the leading solar stocks between the January 15 and January 29 settlement dates, two companies in particular led that trend. The number of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEIS) and Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) shares sold short shrank by more than 10 percent by the end of the month.