Best Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) has historically been regarded as one of the highest quality U.S. financial institutions. However, in September 2016, it was reported that Wells Fargo allegedly opened or applied for more than 2 million bank accounts and credit cards without customers knowledge or permission. While financial markets are generally efficient, I believe the Wells Fargo account scandal may be distracting investors from taking advantage of a great opportunity as we move into 2018. As many market participants continue to focus on potential legal ramifications, the credit quality of Wells loan book remains pristine, and the company remains overcapitalized from a capital ratio perspective, potentially allowing the company to return more than 100% of annual earnings to investors for the foreseeable future.

The credit quality of Wells loan book remains pristine, as net charge-off ratios continue to remain historically low. Net charge-off rates have improved significantly from their 2009-2010 peak at nearly 2.5% on a quarterly basis. Currently, the industry average is 0.51%, yet Wells Fargo reported third quarter net charge-off of only 0.30%, which is well below average, according to Bloomberg and Wells Fargo investor relations presentations. Additionally, over the past 12 months, Wells nonperforming assets (NPAs) have declined from $12.0 billion to $9.3 billion. As net charge-offs and NPAs remain low, it allows Wells Fargo to reduce its provision expense. These reduced expenses flow straight to the bottom line of the companys profitability, increase profit margins, and improve the companys free cash flow. Given this trend, I expect Wells Fargo to be able to continue to maintain low loan provision expenses going forward, which is a positive catalyst for future earnings growth.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: First Commonwealth Financial Corporation(FCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Barclays PLC increased its holdings in First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) by 24.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 33,717 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 6,593 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in First Commonwealth Financial were worth $476,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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Best Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE: CM) recently:

    6/6/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a C$130.00 price target on the stock, up previously from C$125.00. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was downgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating. They now have a C$124.00 price target on the stock, down previously from C$136.00. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had its price target lowered by analysts at Scotiabank from C$131.00 to C$127.00. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had its price target lowered by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from C$141.00 to C$135.00. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was given a new C$140.00 price target on by analysts at Eight Capital. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from C$133.00 to C$138.00.

    CM traded up C$0.59 on Wednesday, reaching C$115.86. 987,570 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,290,708. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has a fifty-two week low of C$103.84 and a fifty-two week high of C$124.37.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) and Foreign Trade Bank of Latin America (NYSE:BLX) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp boosted its position in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) (TSE:CM) by 54.3% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 911,300 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 320,800 shares during the quarter. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce comprises approximately 1.0% of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp’s holdings in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce were worth $103,633,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

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    Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) , the U.S. bank already reeling from sanctions by regulators over alleged customer abuses, was fined an additional $1 billion by regulators over allegations over matters including auto insurance and mortgage-sales practices.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, Jordan Wathen, and Dan Caplinger]

    The financial sector has been one of the best-performing areas of the market over the past few years, but there’s reason to believe that the group could continue to outperform. Here’s why our financial sector specialists think Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) could be smart buys right now.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    A great recent example of this can be seen in the 2017 annual report of major Berkshire Hathaway stock holding Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Instead of glossing over the company’s infamous fake-accounts and other scandals and simply focusing on the good parts of the business, CEO Tim Sloan made the company’s problems and detailed discussions of the planned and implemented solutions the central focus of his letter. And, Sloan acknowledged that “we still have work to do.”

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) short interest shrank to 31.68 million shares from the previous reading of 35.77 million. Shares were trading at $52.10, within a 52-week range of $49.27 to $66.31.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Though this large cap bank is a solid value play for 2018, it still faces the possibility of large fines.Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) is anationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the Internet and mobile banking. It also has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) short interest rose to 31.18 million shares from the previous reading of 29.85 million. Shares were trading at $54.05, within a 52-week range of $49.27 to $66.31.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) had its price target dropped by equities research analysts at Citigroup from GBX 810 ($10.78) to GBX 800 ($10.65) in a report released on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Citigroup’s price target points to a potential upside of 9.59% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) had its target price lowered by equities research analysts at Shore Capital from GBX 721 ($9.60) to GBX 625 ($8.32) in a report issued on Tuesday. The brokerage presently has a “sell” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Shore Capital’s price objective indicates a potential downside of 14.71% from the company’s previous close.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

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    The all-new Hyundai 2018 Kona, a subcompact crossover. (Photo: AP)

    When it comes to standard features, the Kona generally outpaces the EcoSport. Most items typically found on rivals are available on both SUVs, but the EcoSport requires that you add them as options or step up to the next trim level. The Kona widens its features lead by offering more advanced safety features (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and a driver attention monitor), a head-up display and a wireless charging pad. These are not available for any EcoSport.

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