Best Small Cap Stocks To Own Right Now

Doug Hughes focuses on lesser-known, small cap regional banks; the editor of Bank Newsletter looks for banks that operate in attractive regional markets, often ones that would be attractive acquisition targets.

AvidBank Holdings (AVBH) has the fastest growth of any bank out there and yet is still one of the safest with almost no bad loans, and a great, great market area in Palo Alto, California.

Management knows what it is doing and they will likely sell within 3 years. Earnings power is $3.00 a share by 2018. This is a great bank that is operating in great markets.

I consider the shares to be very safe, make it a top holding in the current environment.

With rates going up and most large regionals banks up 30% or more recently a deal price would now have to be at least 2.5 times book or $32 a share.

In my view, this stock has almost zero downside risk in an otherwise high-risk market. Buy now and sleep well. I consider the stock to have an excellent risk-reward ratio. 

Best Small Cap Stocks To Own Right Now: Nomura Holdings Inc ADR(NMR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Nomura Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NMR) is a Japanese financial services company that provides a variety of financial services to corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals around the world.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Own Right Now: LendingClub Corporation(LC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) dropped more than 17% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $2.69. Shares closed at $3.26 on Tuesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $6.56. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 6.6 million shares. The Federal Trade Commission has sued the company for deceiving customers with hidden fees.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
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    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
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    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)
  • [By Shah Gilani]

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  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Shares of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) are down by about 15% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT after the Federal Trade Commission charged the company with deceiving customers.

Best Small Cap Stocks To Own Right Now: Apollo Investment Corporation(AINV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 11 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
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    HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: H
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) will be posting its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Friday, May 18th. Analysts expect Apollo Investment to post earnings of $0.16 per share for the quarter.