The major U.S. stock indices posted another negative weekly close last week, led lower by the small-cap Russell 2000, which lost 1.4% and is now down 1.9% for 2016. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, another perennial market leader, fell 0.3% and is down 5.7% for the year.
The market is at an important near-term decision point. Stocks must quickly and aggressively resume their advance or risk slipping into a deeper decline.
The two hardest hit sectors last week were energy (-3.3%) and financial services (-2.5%), while real estate was the best-performing sector (+3.7%). The movement in the latter two was driven by falling long-term interest rates.
Despite weakness in energy, the table below shows that the biggest positive percentage change in sector bet-related assets over the past one-month and three-month periods were into this sector. As long as these positive asset flows continue, energy stocks still have the potential to move significantly higher in the weeks and months ahead.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Swedish Export Credit Corp (GRU)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BofI Holding Inc.(BOFI)
- [By Jason Hall]
Internet-only bankBofI Holding, Inc.(NASDAQ:BOFI) reported its third-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings after market close on April 26, delivering a solid 27% increase in earnings per share. Book value per share increased 16.5% in the quarter, spurred higher by 15% growth of its loan portfolio. Deposits also grew an impressive total, up 17% in the quarter, providing BofI with the necessary cash to fund its loan growth.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap diversified financial services stock BofI Holding (NASDAQ: BOFI) has elevated short interest of 36.43% according to Highshortinterest.com. BofI Holding is the holding company for BofI Federal Bank, a nationwide bank that provides financing for single and multifamily residential properties, small-to-medium size businesses in target sectors, and selected specialty finance receivables. With approximately $8.6 billion in assets, BofI Federal Bank provides consumer and business banking products through its low-cost distribution channels and affinity partners. BofI Holding is a component of the Russell 2000 Index, the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, and the KBW Nasdaq Financial Technology Index. Bank of Internet USA is the oldest and most trusted FDIC-insured internet bank in America and is a division of BofI Federal Bank. It was one of the first banks to offer banking services exclusively online.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
3. BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is a more speculative choice, but one that deserves serious consideration. The bank, whose name stands for “Bank of Internet”, is the oldest internet-only bank in the U.S. By maintaining an online-based business model, the bank enjoys competitive advantage such as low overhead and the ability to offer better rates on loan and deposit products than peers.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
Internet-based bank holding company BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is not like most other banks. Since the name BofI stands for “Bank of Internet,” one thing that obviously makes the bank unique is its online-only business model. However, there are a lot of less-obvious things about BofI Holding that you might find interesting.
- [By Jason Hall]
Internet bank holding companyBofI Holding, Inc.(NASDAQ:BOFI) reported financial and operating results on April 25 after market close, with net income of $41 million — the most-ever in a single quarter in its history. BofI delivered strong growth in net interest income, book value, loan originations, and a number of other key metrics.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Safety Insurance Group Inc.(SAFT)
- [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.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)
- [By Logan Wallace]
RenaissanceRe (NYSE: RNR) is one of 73 publicly-traded companies in the “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare RenaissanceRe to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR) is a global provider of reinsurance, as well as various types of insurance and related services. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bermuda, notes Jack Adamo, editor of Insiders Plus.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (EPU)
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Related EPU Peru ETF Confronts Politics Commodities Call For The Colombia ETF Gra帽a Y Montero May Have Peaked In 2016 (Seeking Alpha) Gainers Pakistan: Global XMSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 5.67 percent after receiving MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index approval. Peru: iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund(NYSE: EPU) is up 2.15 percent after Kuzynski won Peru’s nail-biting election. Philippines: iShares MSCI Philippines Investable(NYSE: EPHE) is up 2.21 percent after Macquarie Research said President Elect Rodrigo Duterte would lift the Pilipino property market. India: iShares MSCI India ETF (NYSE: INDA) is up 1.96 percent after India’s government relaxed regulation, making it easier for domestic airlines to fly overseas.
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- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
ARGT, the lone exchange traded fund dedicated to Argentine equities, is up 19.6 percent year-to-date. That is good for the second-best showing among Latin America single-country ETFs, trailing only the iShares MSCI Capped Peru Index Fund (NYSE: EPU).