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Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now

William Patalon III

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a fan of Jack Ma.

The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) founder is the “maestro of innovation,” who turned just another Chinese e-commerce outfit into a world-beating heavyweight that could give Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) a run for its money.

This past weekend, the company confirmed that Ma will be turning Alibaba’s reins over to CEO Daniel Zhang next year – and will step away from the company board in 2020.

Ma, trained as an English schoolteacher, will turn his focus to philanthropy and education – and will pursue “new dreams.”

This succession at the top of Asia’s most valuable company must feel quite disconcerting – especially coming, as it does, amid a scary trade spat between Washington and Beijing.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd.(BCRH)

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd., incorporated on June 24, 2013, is an exempted limited liability company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collateralized reinsurance in the property catastrophe market and invests in various insurance-linked securities. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Blue Capital Re, which is a Bermuda exempted limited liability company registered as a Class 3A insurer in Bermuda and provides collateralized reinsurance and Blue Capital Re ILS, which is a Bermuda exempted limited liability company that conducts hedging and other investment activities, including entering into industry loss warranties and purchasing catastrophe bonds operations.

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had $201.3 million of consolidated total assets. Blue Capital Re provides reinsurance to third-party insurance and reinsurance companies through reinsurance contracts, either directly with the cedant or on a fronted basis. Blue Capital Re also provides facultative retrocessional reinsurance to Blue Water Re.

The Company competes with Aeolus Capital Management; CatCo; Credit Suisse Asset Management; Leadenhall Capital; Lloyd’s of London; Nephila Capital Ltd.; Pillar Capital; RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. and Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    RLI (NYSE: BCRH) and Blue Capital Reinsurance (NYSE:BCRH) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    News articles about Blue Capital Reinsurance (NYSE:BCRH) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Blue Capital Reinsurance earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.9769004082468 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Square, Inc.(SQ)

Square, Inc. develops and provides point-of-sale software worldwide. It provides Square Register, a point-of-sale system that takes care of digital receipts, inventory, and sales reports, as well as provides analytics and feedback. The company serves big and small businesses from bakeries to retailers. Its product, Square Register, is available in the App Store and on Google Play, and it is designed to run on a smartphone or tablet, and on counter. Square, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levy]

    In Square’s (NYSE:SQ) fourth-quarter letter to shareholders, it named Instant Deposit first in its list of revenue growth drivers. Instant Deposit allows consumers and merchants to transfer funds from Square to their bank without waiting the usual clearance time of one to three days. Next on the list was Cash Card, the prepaid debit card that allows Cash App users to spend their balance directly instead of transferring it to a traditional bank first.

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

    Below, three Fool.com contributors offer up Square (NYSE:SQ), Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), and Visa (NYSE:V) as stocks that Lynch would likely love.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    Several converging trends appear to be increasing the use of electronic and digital payment methods, seemingly at the expense of cash. E-commerce sales, where credit card use is twice as high as transactions made in person, continue to outpace total retail sales in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. Global e-commerce sales are expected to grow to $4.8 trillion by 2021, an approximate 75% increase over 2018’s projected totals. Two companies poised to take advantage of this trend are Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) and Square Inc (NYSE:SQ). Let’s take a closer look at each to determine which of these companies makes for a better investment today.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes and retails natural, organic, and specialty foods and non-food products in the United States and Canada. The company offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care products. It is also involved in importing, roasting, packaging, and distribution of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. In addition, the company offers Blue Marble Brands products on wholesale basis through third-party distributors in organic, natural, and specialty food brands, as well as directly to retailers. Further, it provides Field Day brand products primarily to customers in its independent natural products retailer channel. The company serves independently owned natural products retailers, supernatural chains, conventional supermarkets, and mass market chains, as well as foodservice and international customers outside Canada. It operates 13 natural products retail stores primarily in Florida. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Food wholesale giant United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) has encountered a kink in its acquisition of competitor SUPERVALU: The wholesale and retail food distributor is performing below expectations just months after United Natural Foods (UNFI) purchased it for approximately $2.9 billion last October. UNFI’s fiscal second-quarter 2019 earnings, reported on Wednesday, also revealed a goodwill impairment charge related to the transaction that hurt net income and earnings per share. Note that in the discussion that follows, all comparable numbers refer to the prior-year quarter, the fiscal second quarter of 2018.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 5th. The company reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.21. United Natural Foods had a net margin of 1.09% and a return on equity of 8.58%. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.71 EPS. Equities analysts predict that United Natural Foods Inc will post 1.73 EPS for the current year.

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    United Natural Foods Company Profile (NASDAQ:UNFI)

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    United Natural Foods Inc  (NASDAQ:UNFI)Q2 2019 Earnings Conference CallMarch 05, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    United Natural Foods Inc (NASDAQ:UNFI)’s share price hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $27.68 and last traded at $27.61, with a volume of 40599 shares. The stock had previously closed at $28.44.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Evans Bancorp, Inc.(EVBN)

Evans Bancorp, Inc. operates as the financial holding company for Evans Bank, N.A. that provides a range of banking products and services to consumer and commercial customers in Western New York. It operates through two segments, Banking Activities and Insurance Agency Activities. The company offers deposit products, which include checking and NOW accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit. It provides residential mortgages; commercial and multi-family mortgages; commercial construction loans; home equities, such as home equity lines of credit and second mortgage loans; commercial and industrial loans comprising term loans and lines of credit; consumer loans, including direct automobile, recreational vehicle, boat, home improvement, and personal loans; other loans consisting of overdrafts and loan clearing accounts; installment loans; and direct financing leasing of commercial small-ticket general business equipment. In addition, the company sells various premium-based insurance policies, including business and personal insurance, surety bonds, risk management, life, disability, and long-term care coverage, as well as provides claims adjusting services and non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds. It operates through 13 full-service banking offices in Erie County and Chautauqua County, New York. The company was founded in 1920 and is based in Hamburg, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    LSV Asset Management boosted its stake in shares of Evans Bancorp Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:EVBN) by 93.5% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 5,200 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,513 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management’s holdings in Evans Bancorp were worth $239,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Evans Bancorp (NYSEAMERICAN:EVBN) was downgraded by investment analysts at Hovde Group from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. They presently have a $50.00 price objective on the bank’s stock. Hovde Group’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 6.16% from the stock’s previous close.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and mezzanine investments in large cap companies. The firm will consider investments in all industries globally, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure, and renewable energy. It seeks a board seat in its portfolio companies. The firm holds a controlling interest in its portfolio companies after they go public. It typically holds its investment for a period of five years and more and exits through initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and sales to strategic buyers. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. was founded in 1976 and is based at New York, New York with additional offices across United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    The heads of leading private-equity real estate investors including KKR & Co Inc. (NYSE: KKR) and BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) will be there.

    Also there will be the analysts and investment bankers that cover real estate for the major firms including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    KKR & Co Inc (NYSE:KKR) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of February. As of February 28th, there was short interest totalling 13,549,086 shares, an increase of 30.6% from the February 15th total of 10,378,172 shares. Approximately 2.7% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 7,191,365 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.9 days.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Where things get creative is in how NextEra Energy Partners will finance this acquisition. Instead of selling stock and diluting existing investors, the company entered into a convertible equity funding agreement with private equity giant KKR (NYSE:KKR). As part of the deal, NextEra Energy Partners will combine the acquired assets with four other existing wind facilities into a new portfolio. KKR will pay $900 million for an equity interest in the expanded portfolio that NextEra Energy Partners can buy out over time at a fixed rate of return.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Provident Financial Services, Inc(PFS)

The Company is a Delaware corporation which became the holding company for The Provident Bank (the “Bank”) on January 15, 2003, following the completion of the conversion of the Bank to a New Jersey-chartered capital stock savings bank. On January 15, 2003, the Company issued an aggregate of 59,618,300 shares of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share in a subscription offering, and contributed $4.8 million in cash and 1,920,000 shares of its common stock to The Provident Bank Foundation, a charitable foundation established by the Bank. As a result of the conversion and related stock offering, the Company raised $567.2 million in net proceeds, of which $293.2 million was utilized to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of the Bank. The Company owns all of the outstanding common stock of the Bank, and as such, is a bank holding company subject to regulation by the Federal Reserve Board.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Private Advisor Group LLC bought a new position in shares of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor bought 8,316 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock, valued at approximately $232,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    SG Americas Securities LLC raised its stake in Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) by 204.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 27,047 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after purchasing an additional 18,150 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC’s holdings in Provident Financial Services were worth $745,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $27.88.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Weingarten Realty Investors(WRI)

Weingarten Realty Investors operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company engages in the management, acquisition, and development of real estate. It operates in two segments, Shopping Center and Industrial. The Shopping Center segment engages in the acquisition, development, and management of real estate, primarily anchored neighborhood and community shopping centers located in Texas, California, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Utah, Kentucky, and Maine. Its customer base includes supermarkets, discount retailers, drugstores, and other retailers. The Industrial segment engages in the acquisition, development, and management of bulk warehouses and office/service centers. Its properties are located in Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Florida, California, and Tennessee. As of June 30, 2005, Weingarten Realty Investors owned or operated under long -term leases, directly or through its interest in joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 350 developed properties and 3 properties that are in various stages of development. Its properties include 294 shopping centers and 59 industrial properties. Weingarten Realty Investors qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. As a REIT, it would not be taxed on the portion of its income, which is distributed to shareholders, provided it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income. The company was founded in 1948 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.57 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $127.81 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $123.99 million. Weingarten Realty Investors had a return on equity of 22.88% and a net margin of 80.35%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.60 earnings per share. On average, research analysts anticipate that Weingarten Realty Investors will post 2.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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    About Weingarten Realty Investors

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fourteen ratings firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $32.14.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    State of Alaska Department of Revenue trimmed its position in Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) by 7.8% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 70,653 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 6,007 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue’s holdings in Weingarten Realty Investors were worth $2,175,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: CoBiz Financial Inc.(COBZ)

CoBiz Financial Inc. (CoBiz), incorporated on February 19, 1980, is a financial holding company. The Company operates in three segments: Commercial Banking, Fee-Based Lines, and Corporate Support and Other. The Company’s Commercial Banking segment offers commercial, real estate and private banking, as well as treasury management, interest-rate hedging and depository products. The Company’s Fee-Based Lines segment offers employee benefits brokerage and consulting, insurance brokerage and wealth management services. The Company’s subsidiary CoBiz Bank (the Bank) is a full-service business banking institution serving approximately two markets, including Colorado and Arizona. In Colorado, the Bank operates under the name Colorado Business Bank and has over 10 locations, including approximately nine in the Denver metropolitan area, and others in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Vail. In Arizona, the Bank operates under the name Arizona Business Bank and has over five locations serving the Phoenix metropolitan area and the surrounding area of Maricopa County.

The Company’s other subsidiaries include CoBiz Insurance, Inc. and CoBiz IM, Inc. (CoBiz IM). CoBiz Insurance, Inc. provides commercial, personal property and casualty (P&C) insurance brokerage, risk management consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals, and provides employee benefits consulting, insurance brokerage and related administrative support to employers. CoBiz IM provides wealth planning and investment management to institutions and individuals through its investment advisor subsidiary, CoBiz Wealth, LLC.

Lending Activities

The Company provides a range of lending services, including commercial loans, commercial and residential real estate construction loans, commercial and residential real estate-mortgage loans, consumer loans, revolving lines of credit and tax-exempt financing. Its primary lending focus is commercial and real estate lending to small- and medium-s! ized businesses with annual sales of $5 million to $75 million, and businesses and individuals with borrowing requirements of $250,000 to $15 million. Commercial loans consist of loans to small and medium-sized businesses in a range of industries. Real estate mortgage loans include various types of loans, for which the Company holds real property as collateral.

The Company originates loans to finance construction projects, including one- to four-family residences, multifamily residences, commercial office, senior housing and industrial projects. The Company provides a range of consumer loans to customers, including personal lines of credit, home equity loans, jumbo mortgage loans and automobile loans. Other loans include lending products, such as taxable and tax-exempt leasing, not defined as commercial, real estate, acquisition and development, construction, or consumer loans. The Company’s total loans amount to approximately $2.7 billion.

Investment Activities

The Company classifies its investment securities as held to maturity, available for sale or trading. Available for sale securities consist of bonds, notes and debentures (including corporate debt and trust preferred securities (TPS)) not classified as held to maturity securities. Investment securities held to maturity consist of residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS), bonds, notes and debentures. The total investment securities of the Company are approximately $345.58.

Sources of Funds

The Company’s sources of funds are customer deposits. The Company offers a range of accounts for depositors, which are designed to attract both short- and long-term deposits. These accounts include certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts, savings accounts, checking accounts and individual retirement accounts. The Company’s short-term borrowings include federal funds purchased, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, which mature within approximately 90 days, and a line of c! redit wit! h the federal home loan banks (FHLB). The deposits of the Company are totaled to approximately $2.7 billion.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    CoBiz Financial (NASDAQ:COBZ) and MB Financial (NASDAQ:MBFI) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on CoBiz Financial (COBZ)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    CoBiz Financial Inc (NASDAQ:COBZ) declared a dividend on Friday, July 20th, Fidelity reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 30th will be given a dividend of 0.10 per share by the bank on Monday, August 6th. The ex-dividend date is Friday, July 27th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in shares of CoBiz Financial Inc (NASDAQ:COBZ) by 3,473.9% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 296,921 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 288,613 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s holdings in CoBiz Financial were worth $5,819,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: Eaton Vance Municipal Income 2028 Term Trust(ETX )

Eaton Vance Municipal Income 2028 Term Trust (formerly, Eaton Vance Municipal Income Term Trust) (the Trust) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Trust’s investment objective is to provide current income exempt from regular federal income tax. The Trust’s portfolio of investments include education, electric utilities, general obligations, hospital, housing, industrial development, senior living or life care, student loan, transportation, water and sewer, among others. The Fund’s investment adviser is Eaton Vance Management. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Etrion SA (TSE:ETX) – Equities researchers at National Bank Financial issued their Q4 2018 earnings estimates for shares of Etrion in a research note issued on Thursday, August 9th. National Bank Financial analyst R. Merer expects that the solar energy provider will post earnings of ($0.01) per share for the quarter. National Bank Financial also issued estimates for Etrion’s FY2019 earnings at ($0.01) EPS.

Top 10 Clean Energy Stocks To Buy Right Now: ANSYS, Inc.(ANSS)

ANSYS, a Delaware corporation formed in 1994, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and services widely used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a broad spectrum of industries and academia, including aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial equipment, electronics, biomedical, energy, materials and chemical processing, and semiconductors. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Company and its subsidiaries employed approximately 2,800 people as of December 31, 2015. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Lee Samaha]

    The best way to play the theme is probably to buy the software companies that facilitate the creation of digital twins. Three names that spring to mind are engineering simulation company ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS), IoT platform provider PTC Inc. (NASDAQ:PTC) and engineering software company Dassault Systemes (NASDAQOTH:DASTY).

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) VP Richard S. Mahoney sold 2,041 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.15, for a total value of $355,440.15. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019

Shares of Activision Blizzard (ATVI ) have climbed over 8% during the last three months on the back of a solid first-quarter performance, overall momentum in the gaming industry, and a major new partnership with Disney (DIS ) . So let’s see if Activision Blizzard stock might be worth buying ahead of the release of its Q2 financial results Thursday.

Overview

Activision Blizzard and Disney announced on July 11 that the two sides reached a multi-year rights agreement that saw ESPN, ESPN2, Disney XD, ABC, and various Disney-owned streaming services broadcast the playoffs of the gaming giant’s new esports league. The deal is also set to include coverage of the second season of the Overwatch League and will amount to hundreds of hours of live coverage and highlights. Amazon’s (AMZN ) widely popular Twitch streaming platform also covered the Overwatch League this season.

Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch league features 12 teams, spread across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The league also boasts some big-name owners, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who all paid $20 million per team to reserve franchise spots in the inaugural season. Intel (INTC ) , T-Mobile T-Mobile (TMUS ) , and HP (HPQ ) all sponsored the Overwatch League this season. Meanwhile, the overall esports economy is expected to total $906 million in 2018, up from $696 million in 2017, according to market research firm Newzoo—with the potential to hit $1.5 billion by 2020.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.(EBSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) was upgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Saturday.

  • [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.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    FAANG stocks are attempting to rebound today after a brutal sell-off hit the Nasdaq components Tuesday. The social media giant Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) will report earnings after the bell, but it’s likely that analysts are more interested in the company’s ongoing response to a data scandal that rocked investor sentiment and spurred privacy fears during the first quarter. Wall Street forecasts EPS of $1.36 on top of $11.45 billion in revenue.
    Right now, the 10-year interest rate is sitting on the border of 3%. And this news has many investors jittery about the impact on the stock market and the broader economy. Of course, many people forget that interest rates remain historically low for this stage of an economic expansion. And inflation targets remain stubbornly elusive for members of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The truth is that investors have little to worry about regarding interest rates. Instead, they should listen to Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, who offered his insight to Fox Business Network earlier this week. Here’s what Keith had to say.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TWTR, CS, GE
    General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is under pressure to fire its auditor of 109 years, KPMG (for perspective, GE began its longtime relationship with KPMG a year after the first Model-T was built). Shareholder rights firms Glass-Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services are spearheading the change and will push for adjustments during the firm’s annual shareholder meeting. The move comes after a calamitous year for GE, which saw the company become the worst-performing Dow component of 2017.
    Twitter Inc. (NYSE TWTR) will lead a very busy day of earnings reports. The social media giant is expected to report EPS of $0.12 on top of $609.8 million in revenue.
    Shares in Credit Suisse (ADR) (NYSE: CS) rallied more than 4% today after the Swiss financial giant beat earnings expectations before the bell. This was a significant milestone for Cr

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Credits (CS) is a distributed proof-of-stake (dPOS) token that uses the DPoS hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was February 28th, 2015. Credits’ total supply is 249,471,071 tokens and its circulating supply is 143,404,049 tokens. The Reddit community for Credits is /r/CreditsOfficial and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Credits’ official message board is medium.com/@credits. Credits’ official website is credits.com/en. Credits’ official Twitter account is @creditscom and its Facebook page is accessible here.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MAN Grp PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: MNGPY) and Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Gifford Fong Associates bought a new position in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 3,000 shares of the insurance provider’s stock, valued at approximately $217,000.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on W. R. Berkley (WRB)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Standard Life Aberdeen plc increased its stake in shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) by 56.6% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 15,374 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,555 shares during the period. Standard Life Aberdeen plc’s holdings in W. R. Berkley were worth $1,113,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2019: KKR(KKR)

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Let’s talk the top news in the marijuana industry today… including four stocks that could surge up to 1,000% during this election year. Here’s what you need to know…

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is leading a busy day of earnings reports on Tuesday. Shares are off 0.4% after the firm despite reporting a 40% year-over-year jump in profits and stronger-than-expected revenue. The firm reported earnings per share (EPS) of $5.98 on top of $9.40 billion in revenue. The Wall Street giant was expected to report EPS of $4.67 on top of $8.71 billion in revenue. The investment bank’s first six months of 2018 were its strongest in nine years. The stock slipped after the company announced that president David Solomon will be replacing CEO Lloyd Blankfein when he steps down from his role. Blankfein has been CEO for 12 years. It’s fair to say that Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) went to the dogs on Monday. The company has extended its Prime Day promotion through 3 a.m. on Wednesday. The announcement came after the firm suffered significant outages during the start of the event on Monday afternoon. Rather than get access to deals, many customers were met with pictures of dogs, the firm’s standard error page. Finally, pay close attention to events on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will question leaders of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) about how they store and filter user content. Last year, the Senate and House of Representatives slammed the companies for their roles in and responses to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CSX, NFLX, KKR
    CSX Corp. (Nasdaq: CSX) will help lead today’s earnings calendar. Wall Street expects that the company will report EPS of $0.86 on top of $2.98 billion in revenue. Shares of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) slipped after the firm’s user-growth estimates and quart

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Much of my investing philosophy today was learned by studying KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR), Bain Capital, and other private equity firms.

    Most of the firms collect a 2% management fee and a 20% incentive fee on realized profits.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its holdings in shares of SCANA Co. (NYSE:SCG) by 7.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 22,034 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,606 shares during the quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in SCANA were worth $827,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in SCG. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. bought a new position in SCANA during the first quarter valued at $137,000. Taylor Hoffman Wealth Management bought a new position in SCANA during the fourth quarter valued at $167,000. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. bought a new position in SCANA during the fourth quarter valued at $201,000. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC bought a new stake in shares of SCANA in the 1st quarter worth about $202,000. Finally, Redwood Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of SCANA in the 1st quarter worth about $216,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 67.79% of the company’s stock.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News stories about Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS) have been trending positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news 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. Credit Suisse Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.45 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3414119516367 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 19.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 13.5 percent to $16.88 in pre-market trading after climbing 104.82 percent on Tuesday.
    Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) shares rose 11.3 percent to $43.81 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its third quarter on Tuesday.
    The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) rose 9.6 percent to $125.98 in pre-market trading.
    Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADRO) rose 5.8 percent to $7.25 in pre-market trading after falling 1.44 percent on Tuesday.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 5.2 percent to $22.42 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) rose 5.2 percent to $32.05 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 5 percent to $17.11 in pre-market trading following strong Q1 results.
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) shares rose 4.4 percent to $2.02 in pre-market trading.
    22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII) rose 4.9 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.07 percent on Tuesday.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.1 percent to $102.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) rose 3.3 percent to $61 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    AXA (EPA:CS) has been assigned a €27.00 ($31.40) target price by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank in a research report issued on Monday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank’s price target indicates a potential upside of 18.42% from the company’s current price.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Valley National Bancorp(VLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) – Investment analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies cut their Q3 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Valley National Bancorp in a research note issued on Monday, February 4th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst M. Breese now expects that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.24 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.25. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Valley National Bancorp’s Q4 2019 earnings at $0.24 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $0.95 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.25 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.26 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.26 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $0.26 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.04 EPS.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Valley National Bank (NYSE:VLY) announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, May 22nd, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.11 per share by the financial services provider on Tuesday, July 3rd. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.39%.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $13.96.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Camden National (NASDAQ:CAC) and Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media stories about Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Saratoga Investment earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7589775169552 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE:SAR) – Equities research analysts at B. Riley dropped their Q3 2019 EPS estimates for shares of Saratoga Investment in a report issued on Thursday, August 23rd. B. Riley analyst T. Hayes now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings of $0.54 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $0.55. B. Riley also issued estimates for Saratoga Investment’s Q2 2020 earnings at $0.58 EPS.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    I’m talking about private equity behemoth KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR) buying Envision Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: EVHC) for $5.7 billion in cash, with the total deal value adding up to $9.9 billion including debt. This marks one of the largest leveraged buyouts of 2018.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Henry McVey, a macroeconomist over at KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR) who’s been pretty accurate over the past few years, thinks we’ll see six more rate hikes in 2018 and 2019. Guggenheim Partners predicts a whopping seven rate hikes, which would put the federal funds rate at 3.50% by the end of 2019.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    For the details of Jeff Ubben’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Jeff+Ubben

    These are the top 5 holdings of Jeff UbbenTwenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOX) – 53,326,334 shares, 18.41% of the total portfolio. Alliance Data Systems Corp (ADS) – 5,877,400 shares, 15.07% of the total portfolio. CBRE Group Inc (CBG) – 24,916,923 shares, 10.92% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 13.72%KKR & Co LP (KKR) – 47,750,000 shares, 10.18% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.82%Morgan Stanley (MS) – 17,959,620 shares,

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust(PMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Pennymac Mortgage Investment (NYSE:PMT) shares reached a new 52-week high and low on Monday . The company traded as low as $18.60 and last traded at $18.62, with a volume of 19306 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $18.50.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Pennymac Mortgage Investment (NYSE:PMT) – Equities researchers at Wedbush lifted their Q1 2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Pennymac Mortgage Investment in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, May 10th. Wedbush analyst J. Weaver now anticipates that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $0.36 for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.34. Wedbush also issued estimates for Pennymac Mortgage Investment’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.52 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.74 EPS.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019

Barclays Plc customers will soon be able to use their payment cards and manage their business accounts through PayPal Holdings Inc.

U.K. and U.S. clients will soon be able to add their Barclays debit and credit cards to their PayPal digital wallets for online and app payments, according to a statement about the new partnership from the British bank. Small-business owners in the U.K. will also be able to see snapshots of their accounts and financial data on both companies’ respective systems.

Banks, nervous about encroachment by technology companies into their core retail and payments businesses, have been spending billions to make their systems, sometimes decades old, easier to use for customers. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley said in October the industry needs to defend its advantage from lighter-regulated tech companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., calling payments “the battleground of finance over the next 15 years.”

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania(UVSP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Saturday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its position in shares of Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) by 65.2% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 353,718 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 139,590 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company’s holdings in Univest Co. of Pennsylvania were worth $9,799,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Univest Co. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $26.35 and last traded at $26.45, with a volume of 107884 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $26.90.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded 13% higher against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on June 3rd. StarChain has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and approximately $3.20 million worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. One StarChain token can currently be purchased for about $0.0814 or 0.00001057 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. In the last seven days, StarChain has traded 1.2% lower against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded down 2.8% against the dollar during the one day period ending at 21:00 PM Eastern on May 31st. One StarChain token can now be bought for about $0.0729 or 0.00000971 BTC on exchanges. StarChain has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $2.12 million worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last seven days, StarChain has traded down 18.5% against the dollar.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Stewart Information Services Corporation’s primary business is title insurance. Stewart issues policies through issuing locations on homes and other real property located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries. Stewart also sells computer-related services and information, as well as mapping products and geographic information systems, to domestic and foreign governments and private entities. “

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Argo Group (NASDAQ: AGII) and Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded 1.1% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 4th. StarChain has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $199,071.00 worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. One StarChain token can currently be bought for about $0.0119 or 0.00000162 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. Over the last seven days, StarChain has traded up 29% against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bailard Inc. reduced its stake in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC) by 14.7% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 8,100 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,400 shares during the period. Bailard Inc.’s holdings in Stewart Information Services were worth $335,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Second, Williams formed a new JV with private equity giant KKR (NYSE:KKR) to acquire Discovery DJ Services for $1.173 billion. Williams will initially own 40% of this JV, but will boost its stake up to 50% by investing an incremental $250 million into expanding Discovery’s asset footprint over the next few years.

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Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market climbed sharply on Thursday, responding well to favorable earnings results from several corners of the market. Major benchmarks were up 1% to 2%, with particularly good performance from the Nasdaq Composite thanks to the tech sector’s outperformance during the day. Yet some stocks suffered from bad news that cast doubt on companies’ ability to benefit from generally favorable business conditions. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH), and LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Lendingtree (TREE)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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    Zacks: Brokerages Expect LendingTree (TREE) to Post $1.24 EPS (americanbankingnews.com) Form 4/A LendingTree, Inc. For: Apr 12 Filed by: LEBDA DOUGLAS R (streetinsider.com) Form 4/A LendingTree, Inc. For: May 08 Filed by: LEBDA DOUGLAS R (streetinsider.com) LendingTree to acquire Ovation Credit for $20.75 million (wraltechwire.com) LendingTree to buy credit-service provider (mpamag.com)

    LendingTree opened at $271.05 on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. The company has a market capitalization of $3.49 billion, a P/E ratio of 89.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 1.77. LendingTree has a 12-month low of $269.95 and a 12-month high of $278.10. The company has a current ratio of 3.33, a quick ratio of 3.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Shares of consumer lending specialist LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) spiked 35% last month, trouncing the S&P 500’s 8% gain, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Those who invest in individual stocks like it when things are a little more interesting. When you look at that same decade, a few stand-out stocks have delivered life-changing returns. In particular, Lending Tree (NASDAQ:TREE), BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI), and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) have all helped investors turn initial $1,000 investments into holdings worth $21,000 or more since 2008. How did they do it? Read on to find out.

Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Gladstone Capital Corporation(GLAD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Gladstone Capital (NASDAQ:GLAD) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Friday morning.

    A number of other brokerages have also issued reports on GLAD. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Gladstone Capital from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $11.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $8.00 target price on shares of Gladstone Capital in a research report on Monday, August 6th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Gladstone Capital from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 16th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Gladstone Capital from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Gladstone Capital has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $9.47.

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Van ECK Associates Corp lifted its position in shares of Gladstone Capital Co. (NASDAQ:GLAD) by 2.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 202,100 shares of the investment management company’s stock after buying an additional 5,304 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp owned about 0.73% of Gladstone Capital worth $1,819,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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    Gladstone Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: GLAD) and Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: GAIN) each holding an analyst/investor day
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Best Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    MAN Grp PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: MNGPY) and Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019

Wall Street analysts expect Adamas Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ADMS) to announce $10.10 million in sales for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Five analysts have made estimates for Adamas Pharmaceuticals’ earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $11.00 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $9.30 million. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Thursday, November 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Adamas Pharmaceuticals will report full-year sales of $33.23 million for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $31.23 million to $36.12 million. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the business will report sales of $95.31 million, with estimates ranging from $75.00 million to $116.70 million. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover Adamas Pharmaceuticals.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR) is one of the world’s leading private equity firms, and you can own a slice of it like any other stock.

    It was created in 1976 by two cousins, Henry Kravis and George Roberts, with just $120,000 in partnership.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Oppenheimer set a $35.00 target price on KKR & Co Inc (NYSE:KKR) in a report released on Wednesday morning. The firm currently has a buy rating on the asset manager’s stock.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Henry McVey, a macroeconomist over at KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR) who’s been pretty accurate over the past few years, thinks we’ll see six more rate hikes in 2018 and 2019. Guggenheim Partners predicts a whopping seven rate hikes, which would put the federal funds rate at 3.50% by the end of 2019.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [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 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust(RPT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [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.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: The First of Long Island Corporation(FLIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First of Long Island Corp (NASDAQ:FLIC) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $21.30 and last traded at $21.60, with a volume of 237 shares. The stock had previously closed at $21.50.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    As Deutsche Bank AG (DB) , Germany’s largest lender, retreats from its global ambitions in investment-banking and trading, Wall Street heavyweights JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) , Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) are poised to pick up the business that’s left behind.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    The latest evidence to show the power of contrarian positions comes from a new research report by Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB).

    The study looked at how the rebalancing of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) affected the returns of the component stocks being bought and sold.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) fell by about 2.9% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $12.90 after closing at $13.29 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $20.23. Volume of about 6.3 million was about 40% higher than the daily average of about 4 million. The bank had no specific news.

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    Deutsche Bank AG (DB) announced plans in its Thursday morning earnings report to cut a “significant” number of jobs in its global investment banking division. DB reported net income falling to 120 million euros, down 79% from the same period last year and well below the FactSet analyst forecast of 377 million euros. The bank’s core tier one capital ratio, a measure of the cash it can set aside to cover potential losses, slipped 60 basis points from the end of last year to 13.4%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) traded down about 8.6% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $10.57 after closing Wednesday at $11.57. The stock’s 52-week high is $20.23. Volume was about six times the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. A Wall Street Journal story today revealed that the Federal Reserve designated the bank’s U.S. operations “troubled.”

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Adams Natural Resources Fund (NYSE:PEO) has trended somewhat negative recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Adams Natural Resources Fund earned a coverage optimism score of -0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.0521373671292 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: One Liberty Properties Inc.(OLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on One Liberty Properties (OLP)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) VP Justin Clair sold 3,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.00, for a total value of $77,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 32,566 shares in the company, valued at $814,150. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 14th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 25th will be paid a dividend of 0.45 per share by the real estate investment trust on Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 24th.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sangoma Technologies (CVE:STC) has been assigned a C$2.00 price objective by investment analysts at Acumen Capital in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Acumen Capital’s target price suggests a potential upside of 70.94% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Argo Group (NASDAQ: AGII) and Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded 13% higher against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on June 3rd. StarChain has a total market capitalization of $0.00 and approximately $3.20 million worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. One StarChain token can currently be purchased for about $0.0814 or 0.00001057 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. In the last seven days, StarChain has traded 1.2% lower against the U.S. dollar.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded 8.7% lower against the US dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on May 14th. StarChain has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $5.27 million worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One StarChain token can now be purchased for about $0.0925 or 0.00001062 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. During the last seven days, StarChain has traded down 16.3% against the US dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    StarChain (CURRENCY:STC) traded 1.1% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 20:00 PM E.T. on September 4th. StarChain has a market cap of $0.00 and approximately $199,071.00 worth of StarChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. One StarChain token can currently be bought for about $0.0119 or 0.00000162 BTC on major cryptocurrency exchanges. Over the last seven days, StarChain has traded up 29% against the U.S. dollar.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Consumer Portfolio Services Inc.(CPSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Consumer Portfolio Services (NASDAQ:CPSS) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

    Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $5.00 price target on shares of Consumer Portfolio Services in a research note on Thursday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Consumer Portfolio Services from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, August 27th. Finally, JMP Securities upgraded Consumer Portfolio Services from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and set a $6.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, June 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $5.08.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2019: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Prudential (NYSE:PUK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Prudential from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $57.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company.