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Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021

Most people like a good dividend. While it’s nice to get soaring stock prices, a steady dividend pays the bills during more difficult markets. Given the collapse in interest rates recently, more investors have turned to dividend-paying stocks. Many investors own these higher-yield dividend stocks to replace bonds. That’s fine. It’s a valid strategy.

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However this approach exposes investors to more risk. With a bond, you are guaranteed to get your principal back at maturity. Sure, the interest rates are low, as of late, but your capital is safe unless the issuing company defaults. With government bonds or CDs, the risk is virtually nil. Stocks, by contrast — even conservative ones — run the risk of dramatic capital losses. Many of the U.S.’ soundest companies still fell 30%-40% during the financial crisis.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021: CME Group Inc.(CME)

CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX, and COMEX regulatory exchanges worldwide. The company provides a range of products available across various asset classes, including futures and options on interest rates, equity indexes, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, foreign exchange, weather, and real estate. It offers various products that provide a means of hedging, speculation, and asset allocation relating to the risks associated with interest rate sensitive instruments, equity ownership, changes in the value of foreign currency, credit risk, and changes in the prices of commodities. CME Group owns and operates clearing house, CME Clearing, which provides clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts and counter derivatives transactions; and also engages in real estate operations. Its primary trade execution facilities consist of its CME Globex electronic trading platform and open outcry trading floors, as well as privately negotiated transact ions that are cleared and settled through its clearing house. In addition, the company offers market data services comprising live quotes, delayed quotes, market reports, and historical data services, as well as involves in index services business. CME Group?s customer base includes professional traders, financial institutions, institutional and individual investors, corporations, manufacturers, producers, and governments. It has strategic partnerships with BM&FBOVESPA S.A., Bursa Malaysia Derivatives, Singapore Exchange Limited, Green Exchange, Dubai Mercantile Exchange, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, S.A.B. de C.V., as well as joint venture agreement with Dow Jones & Company. The company was formerly known as Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. and changed its name to CME Group Inc. in July 2007. CME Group was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Sure, I will invest more in certain high-confidence picks than others, but without going overboard. This might limit the overall impact that a triple-digit winner makes in my High-Yield Investing portfolio — like the 156% gain we made on CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) when we sold in May 2018 — but it will also soften the blow from a laggard.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Berman Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 276 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $51,000.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors looking to make money on China should pay attention. While the United States is focusing this week on resolving issues with North Korea, the real elephant in the room remains China. President Trump has extended the artificial March 1 deadline on tariffs in hopes of striking a deal with the world’s second largest economy. However, it remains very unclear what will happen in the coming weeks. Investors should prepare themselves accordingly. Money Morning Quantitative Specialist Chris Johnson has scoured the numbers and given investors a number of ways to make money on this massive geopolitical trend, right here. We are seeing some problems on the trading front from CME Group Inc. (NYSE: CME). The Chicago-based exchange operator halted trading for three hours Tuesday night after a glitch caused an outage. GME Globex is a massive platform that enables the trading of stocks, interest rates, forex exchange (currencies), commodities, and other assets. Pay close attention to the headlines, as it’s still unclear if this was an internal issue or a cybersecurity event.
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Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021: Lakeland Bancorp Inc.(LBAI)

Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company of Lakeland Bank, which provides various commercial and consumer banking products and services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals primarily in northern New Jersey. The company’s depository products include checking accounts, savings accounts, demand deposits, time deposits, NOW accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also offers short and medium term loans, lines of credit, letters of credit, inventory and accounts receivable financing, real estate construction loans, mortgage loans, merchant credit card services, secured and unsecured loans, consumer installment loans, and commercial and industrial loans. In addition, the company provides wire transfer, Internet banking, night depository services, and safe deposit services; cash management services, such as remote capture of deposits and overnight sweep repurchase agreements; and investment and advisory s ervices. It operates 47 banking offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties in New Jersey. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAI) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAI) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) – Equities research analysts at FIG Partners lifted their Q4 2020 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Lakeland Bancorp in a report released on Tuesday, January 29th. FIG Partners analyst D. Bishop now forecasts that the financial services provider will earn $0.40 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.39. FIG Partners has a “Outperform” rating and a $20.00 price target on the stock.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021: PS Business Parks Inc.(PSB)

PS Business Parks, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of commercial properties primarily multi-tenant flex, office, and industrial space. As of December 31, 2007, the company owned and operated approximately 19.6 million rentable square feet of commercial space located in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, as well as managed approximately 1.4 million rentable square feet. It also owned approximately 6.4 acres of land in Northern Virginia; 14.9 acres in Portland, Oregon; and 10.0 acres in Dallas, Texas for the development of commercial properties. PS Business Parks has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code and would not be subject to federal income tax to the extent it distributes at least 90% of its REIT taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1983. It was formerly known as P ublic Storage Properties XI, Inc. and changed its name to PS Business Parks, Inc. in 1998. The company is based in Glendale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PS Business Parks (NYSE: PSB) and Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance (NYSE:ARI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021: Trustmark Corporation(TRMK)

Trustmark Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Trustmark National Bank, which provides banking and financial solutions to individuals and corporate institutions in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. It operates in three segments: General Banking, Insurance, and Wealth Management. The General Banking segment provides commercial and consumer banking products and services, including checking accounts, savings programs, overdraft facilities, commercial loans, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, drive-in and night deposit services, and safe deposit facilities. The Insurance segment provides retail insurance products, including commercial risk management products, bonding, group benefits, and personal lines coverage. The Wealth Management segment offers private banking, money management, full-service brokerage, financial planning, personal and institutional trust, and retirement services, as well as life insurance an d risk management services. This segment also acts as an agent to provide life, long-term care, and disability insurance services for wealth management customers. The company operates 140 full-service branches, 17 limited-service branches, 1 in-store branch, and an ATM network with 132 ATMs at on-premise locations and 67 ATMs located at off-premise sites. Trustmark Corporation was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Rhumbline Advisers lowered its position in Trustmark Corp (NASDAQ:TRMK) by 5.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 122,924 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 7,773 shares during the quarter. Rhumbline Advisers owned about 0.18% of Trustmark worth $3,830,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Trustmark (NASDAQ: TRMK) and Valley National Bank (NYSE:VLY) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)

Brookline Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, and The First National Bank of Ipswich, which provide commercial and retail banking services, and cash management and investment services to customers in Central New England. The company accepts various deposit products, including non-interest-bearing checking accounts, interest-bearing NOW accounts, savings accounts and money market savings accounts, certificate of deposit accounts, individual retirement accounts, and other qualified plan accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises first mortgage loans secured by commercial, multi-family, and residential real estate properties; auto loans; loans to business entities consisting of commercial lines of credit; and loans to condominium associations, as well as loans for financing equipment used by small businesses. Brookline Bancorp, Inc. also provides financing for construction and development projects, home equity, and other consumer l oans; and loans to finance coin-operated laundry, dry cleaning, and convenience store equipment and businesses. As of January 25, 2012, it operated 43 branches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sterling Bancorp (NASDAQ:SBT) and Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH (OTCMKTS:SCYT) and Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

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    Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJan. 31, 2019 1:30 p.m. ET

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2021: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

NBT Bancorp Inc., a financial holding company, provides commercial banking and financial services to individuals, corporations, and municipalities in central and upstate New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, and the greater Burlington, Vermont area. The company accepts various deposit products that include demand deposit accounts, savings accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, money market deposit accounts, and certificate of deposit accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises residential real estate mortgages, commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, real estate construction and development loans, agricultural and agricultural real estate loans, consumer loans, home equity loans, and lease financing. NBT Bancorp also provides retirement plan consulting and recordkeeping services; and trust and investment, financial planning, and life insurance services, as well as enables customers to check balances, transfer funds, pay bills, view statements, apply for loans , and access various other product and service information online. As of December 31, 2010, the NBT Bank division had 86 divisional offices and 114 automated teller machines (ATMs) located primarily in central and upstate New York and Burlington, Vermont; and the Pennstar Bank division had 37 divisional offices and 50 ATMs located primarily in northeastern Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Norwich, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019

Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) shares gapped down before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $20.37, but opened at $21.07. Centurylink shares last traded at $20.80, with a volume of 589637 shares traded.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on CTL shares. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded Centurylink from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 26th. TheStreet upgraded Centurylink from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Friday, July 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Centurylink from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. Bank of America set a $27.00 price target on Centurylink and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 8th. Finally, Citigroup upped their price target on Centurylink from $17.00 to $19.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, August 9th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $21.24.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Patriot National Bancorp Inc.(PNBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Patriot National Bancorp (NASDAQ: PNBK) and Community Bank, N.A. (NYSE:CBU) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Patriot National Bancorp (NASDAQ:PNBK)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by analysts at Brean Capital in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Patriot National Bancorp (NASDAQ:PNBK) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Brean Capital.

    KeyCorp initiated coverage on shares of Republic Services (NYSE:RSG). KeyCorp issued a sector weight rating on the stock.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is one of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) largest stock investments, and according to Warren Buffett’s comments at Berkshire’s recent annual meeting, there’s no reason to believe that will change soon.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, CFP]

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) experienced massive system failures beginning midday on Thursday, which left many of its customers unable to access their bank accounts. The bank’s data centers and other internal systems were out as well, according to reports by bank employees. The cause wasn’t a data breach — rather, the outages were a result of a shutdown at one of the bank’s facilities.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) short interest dropped to 35.95 million shares from the previous reading of 40.62 million. Shares were trading at $55.80, within a 52-week range of $49.27 to $66.31.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Well, Money Morning Special Situations Strategist Tim Melvin has broken these secrets out of the vault of the Smart Money managers. And he’s sharing the Max Wealth secrets for free right here.

    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, GE, ARNC
    Shares of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) continue to face pressure thanks to the Twitter feed of CEO Elon Musk. Shares slumped 7% on Friday as traders reacted negatively to Musk’s criticism of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and his $20 million settlement with the agency. Shareholders have even take directly to Twitter to beg Musk not to send out tweets and criticizing him for failing to look out for their financial interests. “If you put as much effort into improving operating efficiency as you do tweeting, you might have a fighting cash at profitability,” typed one user. Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) rose by 2.8% after the firm received a surprise endorsement from Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS). The British investment bank suggested that the stock could pop as high as $20 per share on higher expectations for new CEO Larry Culp. The company’s analyst said that most of the bad news and expectations are already baked into the stock and that General Electric could experience a turnaround. The analyst’s 12-month outlook pegs GE stock at $16 per share (from this morning’s $13.56). Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) shares jumped 3.7% on takeover speculation this morning. Multiple media outlets are stating that various private equity giants and investment firms are engaging in a bidding war to purchase the producer of aluminum products. The list of suitors includes Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX), Carlyle Group LP (NYSE: CG), Onex Corp., and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Look for earnings reports today from USA Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT). While today’s report isn’t that newsworthy, keep in mind that earnings season kicks off this week. On Friday, look for reports from some of America’s top banks, including JPM

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    The most noteworthy takeaways from Berkshire’s weekend:

    Buffett remains bullish on Wells Fargo (WFC) and CEO Tim Sloan despite its spate of scandals. A CEO for Berkshire’s healthcare initiatives with JPMorgan & Chase (JPM) and Amazon (AMZN) is expected to be announced in a few months.  Both Buffett and Munger continue to think valuations on potential targets remain too high. Keep an Eye on PayPal

    PayPal (PYPL) is due for a good session on Monday after CEO Dan Schulman gave a bullish 45 minute interview with Jim Cramer at TheStreet’s Investor Boot Camp conference on Saturday. Schulman easily downplayed the threat of Amazon in mobile payments.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Dupont Capital Management Corp trimmed its position in shares of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) by 84.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 30,092 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 163,405 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp’s holdings in Wells Fargo were worth $1,577,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc.(BNCL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Beneficial Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCL) and Home Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBCP) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media coverage about Beneficial Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) has trended positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Beneficial Bancorp earned a news impact score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.8699493506664 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Entegra Financial (NASDAQ: BNCL) and Beneficial Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Beneficial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BNCL) Director Thomas J. Lewis sold 973 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.50, for a total value of $16,054.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI) – Analysts at Boenning Scattergood reduced their Q2 2019 earnings estimates for shares of United Bankshares in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, January 30th. Boenning Scattergood analyst M. Schultheis now anticipates that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.63 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.64. Boenning Scattergood has a “Hold” rating on the stock. Boenning Scattergood also issued estimates for United Bankshares’ Q3 2019 earnings at $0.65 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.63 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $2.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.60 EPS.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seven brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $39.33.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Salesforce.com (CRM) , American Airlines (AAL) , Align Technology (ALGN) , Procter & Gamble (PG) , United Bankshares (UBSI) , Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Dominion Energy (D) .

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of United Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSI) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Saturday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now

Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. raised its position in Jack Henry & Associates (NASDAQ:JKHY) by 42.5% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 3,154 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 940 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc.’s holdings in Jack Henry & Associates were worth $381,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the stock. Profund Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Jack Henry & Associates by 4.9% in the fourth quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 9,545 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $1,116,000 after acquiring an additional 443 shares during the last quarter. Whittier Trust Co. lifted its stake in Jack Henry & Associates by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 30,801 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $3,602,000 after acquiring an additional 457 shares during the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. lifted its stake in Jack Henry & Associates by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 18,348 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $2,145,000 after acquiring an additional 488 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Partners LLC lifted its stake in Jack Henry & Associates by 26.5% in the fourth quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 2,533 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $317,000 after acquiring an additional 530 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cue Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in Jack Henry & Associates by 6.5% in the fourth quarter. Cue Financial Group Inc. now owns 10,013 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $1,171,000 after acquiring an additional 615 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 88.69% of the company’s stock.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Last December, two major futures exchanges started offering futures contracts on bitcoin. CBOE Global Markets (NASDAQ:CBOE) was the first to market with its futures offering, and CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) didn’t waste any time coming out with its own version of a bitcoin contract.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) by 2.7% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 14,201 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 377 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in CME Group were worth $2,297,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Nucor (NUE) , Ball Corp (BLL) , Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and McDonald’s (MCD) .

    Cramer was bearish on United States Steel (X) , Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) , Aqua America (WTR) and Mueller Water Products (MWA) .

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new position in CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 24,661 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $3,989,000.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Saratoga Investment Corp(SAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

    A number of other analysts have also issued reports on the stock. National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $24.00 price target (up from $23.00) on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Saratoga Investment from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, B. Riley initiated coverage on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. They set a buy rating and a $23.50 price target on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Saratoga Investment presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $24.38.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE:SAR) reached a new 52-week high and low on Friday after an insider bought additional shares in the company. The stock traded as low as $22.95 and last traded at $22.85, with a volume of 650 shares. The stock had previously closed at $22.70.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust(RPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) was downgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    KeyCorp set a $15.00 price target on Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) in a research note published on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the real estate investment trust’s stock. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.32 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.32 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.29 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.31 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.32 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.27 EPS.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) was upgraded by research analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Financial Institutions Inc.(FISI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Boeing is outperforming General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman despite being hurt by the U.S. leaving the Iran nuclear deal, which is said to have cost the aerospace giant orders of $20 billion for passenger jets from the rouge nation.

&l;p class=&q;tweet_line&q;&g;Boeing is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is one of only five components with a double-digit year-to-date gain. The stock closed Tuesday at $338.37, up 14.7% this year and balanced between a gain of 8.7% since its March 28 low of $311.17 and a decline of 8.9% since its Feb. 28 high of $371.60.

General Dynamics closed Tuesday at $199.62, down 1.9% year-to-date and in correction territory, 13.2% below its March 9 high of $230.00. The stock is 4.5% above its May 3 low of $191.00.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alpine Total Dynamic Dividend Fund(AOD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Alpine Total Dynamic Div (NYSE:AOD) by 14.1% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 101,451 shares of the investment management company’s stock after acquiring an additional 12,551 shares during the period. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. owned 0.09% of Alpine Total Dynamic Div worth $906,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Avangrid, Inc.(AGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in shares of Avangrid Inc (NYSE:AGR) by 19.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 51,490 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,300 shares during the quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Avangrid were worth $2,632,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Intrexon Corporation(XON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Shares of Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON) were up 28.5% as of 11:19 a.m. on Monday. The biotech announced what it said were “advances in production of medical cannabis.” In particular, Intrexon stated that its scientists had engineered a yeast strain that could be used in a microbial fermentation process to produce cannabinoids at low cost.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    After the company reported disappointing first-quarter financial results, including worse-than-expected revenue performance, shares in Intrexon Corp. (NYSE:XON) were down by 20% at 3:15 p.m. EDT Friday.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a relatively quiet day on Wall Street, with major market benchmarks finishing narrowly mixed for the session. Weekly gains were still substantial for the indexes, however, as investors grew confident that the economy is walking the fine line between avoiding a recession and growing so fast that it spurs the Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy aggressively. Yet even though most stocks held up well, some individual companies had bad news that sent their shares lower. Ultra Petroleum (NASDAQ:UPL), Intrexon (NYSE:XON), and News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Performing Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corporation(TYG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    UBS Group AG lifted its holdings in shares of Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corp. (NYSE:TYG) by 5.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 205,851 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 10,728 shares during the period. UBS Group AG owned 0.42% of Tortoise Energy Infrastructure worth $5,142,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019

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Ameriprise Financial Inc. spent $114 million in the fourth quarter on paying and supporting the people who sell its annuities, or about 7% more than it spent on annuity distribution expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Annuity unit revenue increased 3%, year-over-year, to $638 million, and annuity unit pretax operating income increased 17%, to $148 million.

Total fixed annuity ending balances fell 7%, to $9.3 billion, but total variable annuity ending balances increased 7%, to $80 billion.

Ameriprise included those figures in a statistical supplement today when it posted its earnings for the fourth quarter, and for all of 2017.

A copy of the supplement is available here.

(Related: 3 New Questions About Annuity Issuers’ Performance)

Ameriprise, which is based in Minneapolis, was the first publicly traded U.S. life and annuity issuer to release its fourth-quarter results.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sigma Planning Corp boosted its holdings in shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) (TSE:CM) by 12.6% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 7,383 shares of the bank’s stock after acquiring an additional 826 shares during the period. Sigma Planning Corp’s holdings in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce were worth $642,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM) (NYSE:CM) – Analysts at Desjardins reduced their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, May 2nd. Desjardins analyst D. Young now forecasts that the company will post earnings of $2.85 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $2.86.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM) (NYSE:CM) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is C$130.33.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Aon Corporation(AON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) Director Jeffrey C. Campbell acquired 5,550 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $143.84 per share, for a total transaction of $798,312.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 7,084 shares in the company, valued at $1,018,962.56. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lessened its stake in Aon PLC (NYSE:AON) by 2.7% in the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 46,895 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 1,313 shares during the quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank’s holdings in AON were worth $6,433,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Aon (NYSE:AON) by 3.0% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 40,448 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,178 shares during the quarter. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in AON were worth $5,676,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    CorVel (NASDAQ: CRVL) and AON (NYSE:AON) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $73.98 and last traded at $72.84, with a volume of 20405 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $73.09.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    East West Bancorp (NASDAQ:EWBC) insider Douglas Paul Krause sold 5,000 shares of East West Bancorp stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.65, for a total transaction of $348,250.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 19,919 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,387,358.35. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its position in shares of East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC) by 45.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 14,405 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,510 shares during the quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in East West Bancorp were worth $939,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) major shareholder Plc Barclays sold 62,390 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.63, for a total value of $351,255.70. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    It seems the Fed has been pulling the strings at Deutsche Bank for about a year now — but the company’s shareholders don’t have much to show for it. Deutsche Bank stock is now down 40 percent from a year ago, a much worse performance that competing European bank stocks such as Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE: LYG), Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE: BCS) and Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE: CS), all of which have generated returns of between positive 7.5 percent and negative 10.1 percent in the past year.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Earnest Partners LLC decreased its stake in Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) by 25.1% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 19,476 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,521 shares during the quarter. Earnest Partners LLC’s holdings in Barclays were worth $195,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Barclays (NYSE: BCS) and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp (NYSE:SMFG) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

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America, get ready for another rate hike.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated Friday that if the economy stays on track for the next few weeks, a rate hike would likely come when Fed leaders meet March 14-15.

“At our meeting later this month, the committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with our expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate,” Yellen said in a speech in Chicago.

The Fed last raised rates in December — only its second rate hike in about a decade. A rate increase would be another sign that the U.S. economy is closer to full health after a very slow recovery from the Great Recession.

Rising rates affect millions of Americans, from home buyers to savers. They also have a major impact on the global economy and financial markets.

Yellen’s comments come after other Fed leaders have hinted at raising, or “tightening,” interest rates in the near future.

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) hit a new 52-week low on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $14.05 and last traded at $14.15, with a volume of 249308 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $14.65.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greenlight Capital Re (NASDAQ:GLRE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, April 30th. The financial services provider reported ($3.85) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($4.43) by $0.58. Greenlight Capital Re had a negative return on equity of 23.81% and a negative net margin of 40.65%. The firm had revenue of $0.14 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $30.20 million. sell-side analysts forecast that Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. will post -4.2 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Potlatch Corporation(PCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ:PCH) was upgraded by equities researchers at Vertical Research to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Sei Investments Co. grew its position in Potlatchdeltic Corp (NASDAQ:PCH) by 39.9% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 68,663 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 19,589 shares during the quarter. Sei Investments Co.’s holdings in Potlatchdeltic were worth $3,574,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Potlatchdeltic Corp (NASDAQ:PCH) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $49.60.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America bought a new position in PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ:PCH) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 78,505 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $4,086,000. Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America owned approximately 0.19% of PotlatchDeltic at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Colony Bankcorp Inc.(CBAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media headlines about Colony Bankcorp (NASDAQ:CBAN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Colony Bankcorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5935973221915 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Colony Bankcorp (NASDAQ:CBAN) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Colony Bankcorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.3992787299045 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Templeton Dragon Fund Inc.(TDF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Templeton Dragon Fund Inc common stock (NYSE:TDF) major shareholder City Of London Investment Grou bought 8,155 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 12th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $22.87 per share, with a total value of $186,504.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Major shareholders that own at least 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Patriot National Bancorp Inc.(PNBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Patriot National Bancorp (NASDAQ: PNBK) and Community Bank, N.A. (NYSE:CBU) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

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When Dominos Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) reported its second-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Thursday, the company posted $1.85 in earnings per share (EPS) and $779.4 million in revenue. The consensus estimates had called for EPS of $1.75 on $784.61 million in revenue. The same period of last year reportedly had $1.32 in EPS and revenue of $628.61 million.

During the latest quarter, domestic same-store sales grew 6.9% from the year-ago period, continuing the positive sales momentum in the company’s domestic business. The international division also posted positive results, with same-store sales growth of 4.0% during the quarter. The second quarter marked the 98th consecutive quarter of positive international same-store sales growth and the 29th consecutive quarter of positive domestic same-store sales growth.

The company also had second-quarter global net store growth of 156, comprised of 113 net new international stores and 43 net new domestic stores.

Hot Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc.(RMCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Hot Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Hot Financial Stocks To Own For 2019: NetSol Technologies Inc.(NTWK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) CEO Najeeb Ghauri purchased 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 25th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $6.20 per share, with a total value of $15,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    TheStreet upgraded shares of NetSol Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning.

    Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of NetSol Technologies from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, May 17th.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018

In this article I will point out some of the things that should bother Ford Shareholders. I’ll make some recommendations. I will also compare Ford (NYSE:F) to General Motors (NYSE:GM), and their treatment towards Shareholders.

Introduction:

Ford is one of the world’s largest automobile manufactures. Annually, over the last four years they’ve averaged $148 billion in revenue, and around $6 billion in net-profit. This is not a high margin business. However, the business has been consistently and solidly profitable since the great recession. The consistent earnings however have done NOTHING for the Share price. As a matter of fact the Share price is down 30% over the last three years.

With the Shares trending ever-downwards, I think it is time for Ford to consider some new / different strategies:

Buybacks:

I think it is time for Ford to consider MASSIVE stock buybacks. What could be more sensible than buying your own company stock when it is trading at a huge discount to intrinsic value? Shouldn’t the Ford management team (and family) should be familiar enough with the company to understand that it is deeply undervalued?! And, they have $17 billion per year (three year average) coming in Operating cash-flow!

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: TrueBlue Inc.(TBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Trueblue (NYSE: TBI) is one of 23 public companies in the “Help supply services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Trueblue to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Autohome Inc.(ATHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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    Dow Jones Falls Before Trump’s Iran Decision; These 2 IBD 50 Stocks Jump (investors.com) Autohome Quarterly Earnings Beat Estimates, Guides Higher (finance.yahoo.com) Autohome (ATHM) Posts Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.11 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Earnings Reaction History: Autohome Inc., 44.4% Follow-Through Indicator, 4.6% Sensitive (nasdaq.com) BRIEF-Autohome Reports Qtrly Earnings Per Share Of RMB 4.05 (reuters.com)

    Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, March 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $73.97.

Top Undervalued Stocks To Invest In 2018: Kingstone Companies, Inc(KINS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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The popularity of recreational vehicles has been rising, and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH) has been maneuvering itself toward the front of the pack to take advantage of the trend. Although competition in the RV business is fierce, the space is quite segmented, and Camping World has a golden opportunity to build out its national presence, and begin to unify its retail face under a single corporate roof — even as it branches out in new directions in an attempt to become an even broader, all-outdoors giant.

Ahead of Tuesday’s first-quarter financial report, company watchers believed that the RV specialist would keep growing strongly. Yet the results revealed a somewhat surprising factor that could hold the retailer back from delivering on its full potential. And while it was a threat that many would view as inherently temporary, that didn’t stop some investors from panicking.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust(PEB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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    Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $206.07 Million (americanbankingnews.com) Keep Company Secrets Safe With a Strong Publishing Process (cmswire.com) Analysts Anticipate Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) to Post $0.73 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Pebblebrook Hotel Forecasted to Earn Q2 2018 Earnings of $0.72 Per Share (PEB) (americanbankingnews.com)

    A number of brokerages recently issued reports on PEB. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of Pebblebrook Hotel in a report on Monday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Pebblebrook Hotel from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Robert W. Baird lifted their target price on Pebblebrook Hotel from $37.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 1st. Finally, ValuEngine cut Pebblebrook Hotel from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Pebblebrook Hotel presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $36.61.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Improving business travel demand during the first quarter drove Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) to update its outlook earlier this month. Those travel trends turned out to be stronger than even its more optimistic expectations, helping the company to deliver results that were above the updated forecast. Because of that, the company is even more encouraged about what lies ahead in 2018.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)

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    There’s at least one traditional financial giant that not only doesn’t fear blockchain technology, but is actively embracing it — Nasdaq (NDAQ) , the second-largest stock exchange in the world by market cap.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ:NDAQ) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the fifteen analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation, six have assigned a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $87.54.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ) CEO Adena Friedman told CNBC the company is open to the possibility of adding a cryptocurrency exchange over time. Nasdaq also announced a deal to allow cryptocurrency exchange Gemini access to Nasdaq’s surveillance technology. Friedman told CNBC that cryptocurrency regulations must first be ironed out before the Nasdaq would add a crypto exchange.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM) (NYSE:CM) – Analysts at Desjardins reduced their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, May 2nd. Desjardins analyst D. Young now forecasts that the company will post earnings of $2.85 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $2.86.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. lifted its stake in shares of East West Bancorp (NASDAQ:EWBC) by 0.3% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 419,124 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,196 shares during the quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. owned about 0.29% of East West Bancorp worth $26,212,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.(EBSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday morning.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    In Kenya, 28 million consumers can now seamlessly integrate their M-Pesa accounts with PayPal. In Spain, CaixaBank and Bankia both further integrated their online sites with PayPal. HSBC Holdings PLC (NYSE:HSBC) now allows corporate customers in the U.K. to pay distributions to beneficiaries through PayPal, a capability to be rolled out across Europe in the coming months. Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) announced a strategic partnership that enables its customers to more easily link their accounts to PayPal, and soon to use their reward points on PayPal’s digital platform.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    The underwriting syndicate is large and star-studded. It is led by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase’s(NYSE:JPM)J.P. Morgan Securities, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) Capital, and Citigroup (NYSE: C) Global Markets.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is teaming up with investment banking giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) to develop and launch a new co-branded credit card next year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This would replace the tech giant’s current partnership with Barclays (NYSE:BCS), and would be issued under the Apple Pay brand name.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: Maiden Hldgs Ltd(MHLD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Netshoes (Cayman) Limited (NASDAQ: NETS) shares dipped 43.73 percent to close at $2.87 on Tuesday as the company posted downbeat Q1 results.
    Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL) shares dropped 29.01 percent to close at $0.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES) shares fell 22.2 percent to close at $0.340 after reporting Q1 miss.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) fell 19.95 percent to close at $12.08 after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
    Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISNS) fell 19.68 percent to close at $3.775 after reporting earnings were down year over year. First quarter earnings came in flat, down from 4 cents per share in the same quarter of last year. Sales came in at $3.01 million.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) dropped 18.47 percent to close at $9.62 on Tuesday after surging 77.44 percent on Monday.
    ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: NDRA) declined 16.21 percent to close at $2.43. ENDRA Life Sciences is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
    ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALJJ) shares fell 16.13 percent to close at $1.79.
    Switch Inc (NYSE: SWCH) shares dropped 14.93 percent to close at $13.16 following a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Restoration Robotics Inc (NASDAQ: HAIR) fell 14.42 percent to close at $3.68 after reporting a first-quarter earnings miss.
    iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICAD) declined 13.01 percent to close at $3.41 following Q1 results.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) fell 12.44 percent to close at $1.97.
    Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HSGX) declined 12.24 percent to close at $2.15.
    AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ) fell 12.1 percent to close at $39.60 following Q3 earnings.
    Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ: HNRG) fell 11.1 percent to close at $6.49.
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) dropped 10.66 percent to close at $16.93 on Tuesday.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) slipp

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: Timberland Bancorp Inc.(TSBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Timberland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSBK) declared a None dividend on Tuesday, April 24th, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Friday, May 11th will be paid a dividend of 0.23 per share by the savings and loans company on Friday, May 25th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.61%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 10th.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own For 2018: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sentry Investment Management LLC lessened its holdings in American International Group (NYSE:AIG) by 8.6% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 64,968 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 6,147 shares during the quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC’s holdings in American International Group were worth $3,536,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Losers
    Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares tumbled 48.59 percent to close at $1.275 on Thursday after the company priced its $18,000,000 public offering.
    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NVIV) fell 38.77 percent to close at $8.26 on Thursday.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares tumbled 27.43 percent to close at $8.81.
    Achaogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAO) dropped 24.76 percent to close at $11.06 in reaction to a disappointing update from an FDA AdCom panel. The FDA panel voted favorably for the company's Plazcomicin for treatment of adults with complicated urinary tract infections, but also voted against the therapy to be used as a treatment for bloodstream infections.
    Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) shares declined 24.68 percent to close at $34.80 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.
    LSC Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LKSD) shares fell 24.22 percent to close at $12.64 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) fell 21.42 percent to close at $50.80 following downbeat quarterly profit.
    Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) dropped 20.42 percent to close at $6.00 following downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) slipped 20.11 percent to close at $2.90 following wider-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESPR) fell 19.28 percent to close at $36.93. Esperion Therapeutics stock lost roughly a third of its value Wednesday after the company reported mixed Phase III results for its leading drug candidate, bempedoic acid. JP Morgan downgraded Esperion Therapeutics from Neutral to Underweight.
    Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) declined 17.77 percent to close at $8.98 after the company reported weaker-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) dipped 16.1 percent to close at $8.60 after the company reported downbeat quarterly results.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (N

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    Insurance company American International Group Inc. (AIG) stock fell 5.3% as harsh winter weather weighed on profits. But the company’s long-term care exposure is relatively minimal.

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By MP Dunleavey, Next Avenue Contributor 

Deciding whether to sell your home when you retire is a complicated question for most people. Youve got lifestyle issues on one side of the ledger and financial realities on the other.

Many people put their quality-of-life first when making this decision, says Jamie Hopkins, retirement income co-director at The American College for Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pa. (A full 83% would prefer to age in place, according to a 2016 survey from the American College.)

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But given that many nearing retirement have a savings shortfall, and historically low interest rates arent helping that money grow, its wise to consider the financial side of this equation as well, says Mari Adam, a Certified Financial Planner and president of of Adam Financial Associates in Boca Raton, Fla. You have to look at the mechanics of the situation, she says.

Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Safety Insurance Group Inc.(SAFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) reported that winter weather activity and an accounting change were drags on its first-quarter results, though a lower tax rate was a net positive to the Massachusetts-based insurance company.

Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Northfield Bancorp Inc.(NFBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Northfield Bancorp (NASDAQ: NFBK) is one of 90 publicly-traded companies in the “Federal savings institutions” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Northfield Bancorp to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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    Head-To-Head Contrast: Northfield Bancorp (NFBK) & The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Northfield Bancorp (NFBK) and Its Competitors Critical Survey (americanbankingnews.com) Head to Head Survey: Northfield Bancorp (NFBK) versus The Competition (americanbankingnews.com) Northfield Bancorp (NFBK) Stock Rating Lowered by BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com) Northfield Bancorp (NFBK) & Its Rivals Head to Head Analysis (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of Northfield Bancorp opened at $15.96 on Thursday, MarketBeat reports. The company has a current ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71. Northfield Bancorp has a twelve month low of $15.88 and a twelve month high of $15.92. The firm has a market capitalization of $777.27 million, a P/E ratio of 21.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 0.35.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Northfield Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NFBK) EVP Kenneth J. Doherty sold 2,449 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.19, for a total value of $39,649.31. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 198,742 shares in the company, valued at $3,217,632.98. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

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Very few hedge fund managers start with $2 billion from investor George Soros. One who did, Scott Bessent, has already given much of it back.

As Bessent has gathered capital since his firm’s 2016 launch, he has returned Soros’s money as part of an arrangement between the two, according to a person familiar with Soros’s family office who requested anonymity. Soros had $853 million remaining in a managed account at Key Square Group at the end of 2017, according to a March regulatory filing.

Bessent, who established a strong track record as the chief investment officer at Soros Fund Management, has gathered assets at Key Square while mostly outperforming rival macro managers. The New York-based firm had assets of about $5.1 billion at the end of last year, according to a filing.

“Soros is a very visible name,” said Richard Klitzberg, whose namesake firm helps hedge funds find investors. “If you are running money for him and you are putting up good numbers, everybody in the world wants a piece of you.”

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Patrick Industries, Inc.(PATK)

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    LCI Industries (LCII) fell 5% on the day. Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) dropped 4.24%. Thor Industries Inc. (THO) tanked 9.83%. Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO) fell 8.85%. 

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News stories about Patrick Industries (NASDAQ:PATK) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Patrick Industries earned a news sentiment score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the construction company an impact score of 48.3121750669942 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Orchid Island Capital, Inc.(ORC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Orchid Island Capital Inc. (NYSE: ORC) fell about 9.7% to post a new 52-week low of $7.85 Thursday after closing at $8.69 on Wednesday. The 52-week high is $12.60. Volume of about 5.2 million was nearly 5 times the daily average of around 1.1 million. The company lowered its monthly dividend by 3 cents last night.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: NBT Bancorp Inc.(NBTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Sun Hydraulics Corporation(SNHY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    When Sun Hydraulics Corporation (NASDAQ:SNHY) reported its first-quarter 2018 numbers on May 7, the one thing that stood out in the earnings report was its top-line growth. Strong demand for industrial valves and electronics instrumentation combined with Sun Hydraulics’ opportunistic growth moves encouraged the company to upgrade its full-year sales outlook.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: Franklin Resources, Inc.(BEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) traded down about 2% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.41 after closing Tuesday at $33.09. The stock’s 52-week high is $47.65. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 3.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

Hot Performing Stocks For 2018: PVH Corp.(PVH)

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    Perhaps seeing the names of these companies begins to spark some memories. In short, clothing retailer PVH (NYSE: PVH) and beverage company Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) were taking heat over the rhetoric of a possible “Border Tax” — a tax on goods made overseas and imported and sold in the United States.

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    In the mid-level, Boss said that Urban Outfitters (URBN) is recovering, along with Kohl’s Stores (KSS) . He also liked PVH (PVH) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU) .

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NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallMay 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:
Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good afternoon. My name is Kelsey and I am your conference operator for today. Welcome to NVIDIA’s Financial Results Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute. After the speakers’ remarks, there will be question-and-answer period. At this time, if you would like to ask a question, please press * then the number 1 on your telephone keypad. To withdraw your question, press the # key. Thank you. I’ll now turn the call over to Simona Jankowski, Vice President of Investor Relations, to begin your conference.

Simona Jankowski — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you. Good afternoon everyone and welcome to NVIDIA’s conference call for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. With me on the call today from NVIDIA are Jensen Huang, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Colette Kress, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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$0.62 EPS Expected for NBT Bancorp Inc. (NBTB) This Quarter

Equities analysts expect that NBT Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NBTB) will announce earnings of $0.62 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have provided estimates for NBT Bancorp’s earnings. NBT Bancorp posted earnings of $0.49 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 26.5%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Monday, July 23rd.

On average, analysts expect that NBT Bancorp will report full-year earnings of $2.47 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.45 to $2.48. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the business will report earnings of $2.62 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.61 to $2.62. Zacks’ EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for NBT Bancorp.

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NBT Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBTB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, April 23rd. The bank reported $0.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.01. NBT Bancorp had a net margin of 19.99% and a return on equity of 9.69%. The firm had revenue of $104.76 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $104.14 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.46 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several research firms have commented on NBTB. BidaskClub upgraded shares of NBT Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $40.50 price objective on shares of NBT Bancorp in a report on Monday, February 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of NBT Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of NBT Bancorp in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. NBT Bancorp has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.13.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its holdings in shares of NBT Bancorp by 39.6% in the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 61,329 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $2,252,000 after purchasing an additional 17,399 shares during the last quarter. Deutsche Bank AG grew its stake in shares of NBT Bancorp by 102.2% in the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 107,001 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $3,935,000 after acquiring an additional 54,075 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System grew its stake in shares of NBT Bancorp by 223.6% in the fourth quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 73,176 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $2,693,000 after acquiring an additional 50,564 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of NBT Bancorp by 7.1% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 291,528 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $10,729,000 after acquiring an additional 19,384 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Citadel Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of NBT Bancorp by 6.6% in the fourth quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 64,839 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $2,386,000 after acquiring an additional 4,036 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 50.87% of the company’s stock.

NBT Bancorp traded down $0.15, hitting $37.80, on Friday, according to Marketbeat. 53,300 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 115,302. The company has a current ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20. NBT Bancorp has a 52 week low of $31.28 and a 52 week high of $40.47. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.19 and a beta of 0.84.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 1st will be issued a $0.25 dividend. This is an increase from NBT Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.23. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 31st. NBT Bancorp’s payout ratio is currently 46.70%.

NBT Bancorp Company Profile

NBT Bancorp Inc, a financial holding company, provides commercial banking, retail banking, and wealth management services. Its deposit products include demand deposit, savings, negotiable order of withdrawal, money market deposit, and certificate of deposit accounts. The company's loan portfolio comprises commercial, commercial real estate, agricultural, agricultural real estate, and business banking loans; consumer loans, such as indirect, home equity, and direct loans; and residential real estate mortgages, as well as real estate construction and development loans.

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