Best Bank Stocks To Own Right Now

Something unusual is happening in volatility markets: Europe’s measure of stock swings has stayed below the U.S.’s for the longest time since just before the global financial crisis.

This anomaly, which has been ongoing since March and typically doesn’t last more than a day or two, underscores an obvious trade: bet on the spread returning to positive territory, or, in other words, long volatility in Europe and short it in America.

But it’s not as simple as it sounds.

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There are reasons why expected equity swings in Europe have drifted below levels in the U.S. First of all, Europe’s fundamentals have brightened, with its biggest sector — banks — emerging from crisis mode still awash with easy money from an accommodative European Central Bank. And then, firms that issue structured products tied to European indexes — popular in the region — need to hedge their exposure by selling volatility, further dampening the VStoxx Index.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Monday.

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [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.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Deutsche Bank AG boosted its holdings in Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp (NYSE:AP) by 117.3% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 19,599 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,578 shares during the quarter. Deutsche Bank AG’s holdings in Ampco-Pittsburgh were worth $242,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [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.

  • [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.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Credit Suisse Group to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The firm presently has a GBX 720 ($9.38) target price on the financial services provider’s stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 680 ($8.86). Credit Suisse Group’s price target suggests a potential upside of 5.82% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HSBC Holdings plc (LON:HSBA) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have issued a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 768.33 ($9.80).

  • [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.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    Several research analysts have recently issued reports on WFC shares. Vining Sparks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $68.50 price objective on shares of Wells Fargo in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Bank of America lowered their price objective on Wells Fargo from $70.00 to $69.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Nomura decreased their target price on Wells Fargo from $79.00 to $76.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Wells Fargo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, February 10th. Finally, UBS raised Wells Fargo from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $61.83.

  • [By Chris Neiger, Danny Vena, and Jordan Wathen]

    We asked a handful of Motley Fool contributors for a few stocks that they think are both cheap and great deals right now, and they came back with Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Read on to find out why.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    When it comes to investing, some people prefer to choose from among the leaders of an industry. In banking, Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) are among the biggest financial institutions in the world, and despite facing very different challenges, they’ve come a long way since teetering on the precipice of ruin during the financial crisis.

  • [By Matthew Frankel, Neha Chamaria, and Matthew DiLallo]

    Despite the excellent results, Bank of America still trades at a relatively low valuation of just 1.25 times book value. For comparison, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) trades for more than 1.6 times book and even scandal-plagued Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)trades for a multiple of more than 1.5. In short, Bank of America has evolved into one of the best-in-breed banks, but still trades like a work in progress. 

  • [By Sean Williams]

    Another brand-name stock that found itself on the chopping block during the second quarter was embattled money-center bank Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). In particular, the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, wound up selling almost 4.5 million shares of Wells Fargo, while Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors sold its entire position, which amounted to 412,500 shares. Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global came in with the exclamation point: the liquidation of its 12.8 million share position in the second quarter.

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