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Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021

In order to be successful, it’s not enough just to save. You also have to know how to put the money you save to best use. That means knowing about some of the ways that the IRS offers tax benefits to those who take advantage of certain types of accounts, and using them to the fullest extent possible.

In particular, there are two tax breaks that the IRS offers every year, and most taxpayers can use one or both of them. But to use them, you have to act quickly, because the deadline for adding money to these accounts for the 2017 tax year is approaching fast. Below, we’ll look at these two different tax breaks — IRAs and health savings accounts — and whether you can benefit from using one or both of them in your financial planning.

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Get money into an IRA

If you’ve made money from a regular job, a side gig, or your own business, then you’re allowed to save money in an IRA. The limit for the 2017 tax year is $5,500 if you’re younger than 50 or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older, as long as you’ve earned at least that much during the year. The deadline for making contributions for 2017 is the tax filing deadline of April 17, 2018. Even if you get an extension to file your taxes, you can’t get extra time to open an IRA.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Northfield Bancorp Inc.(NFBK)

Northfield Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Northfield Bank that provides banking services primarily to individuals and corporate customers in Richmond and Kings Counties in New York, and Union and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. Its deposit products include negotiable order of withdrawal and non-interest bearing checking accounts; savings accounts, including money market, passbook, and statement savings; and certificates of deposit comprising individual retirement accounts. The company?s loan products portfolio comprises construction and land loans, commercial and industrial loans, one-to four-family residential mortgage loans, and home equity loans and lines of credit, as well as loans to finance premiums on insurance policies, including commercial property and casualty insurance, and professional liability insurance. It also offers insurance products, as well as owns a real estate investment trust, which holds primarily mortgage loans and other real estate related investments. Northfield Bancorp operates through its home office in Staten Island, New York; its operations center located in Woodbridge, New Jersey; and additional 19 branch offices located in New York and New Jersey. The company was founded in 1887 and is based in Avenel, New Jersey. Northfield Bancorp, Inc. is a subsidiary of Northfield Bancorp, MHC.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Northfield Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:NFBK) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and three have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $16.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Northfield Bancorp (NASDAQ:NFBK) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Monday.

    A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Northfield Bancorp from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a neutral rating on shares of Northfield Bancorp in a report on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Northfield Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, July 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $17.75.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Maiden Hldgs Ltd(MHLD)

Maiden Holdings, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance solutions to regional and specialty insurers primarily in the United States and Europe. The company offers property, casualty, accident, and health reinsurance products. It offers its products through the treaties with other insurers on a quota share or excess of loss basis, as well as on a facultative basis through third-party intermediaries and on direct basis. Maiden Holdings, Ltd. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD) dropped 14.5% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $2.60 and last traded at $2.65. Approximately 2,396,727 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 263% from the average daily volume of 660,901 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.10.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Maiden (NASDAQ: MHLD) and Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD) by 1.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 7,015,640 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 132,547 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned 0.08% of Maiden worth $45,602,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Macatawa Bank Corporation(MCBC)

Macatawa Bank Corporation operates as the holding company for Macatawa Bank that provides various commercial and personal banking services. It offers various deposit products, which comprise checking accounts, savings accounts, time deposits, transaction accounts, savings and time certificates, non-interest bearing and interest bearing demand deposits, and money market accounts. The company?s loan portfolio comprises commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, construction and development loans, and multi-family and other non-residential real estate loans; residential mortgage loans; and consumer loans, including automobile loans, home equity lines of credit, installment loans, home improvement loans, deposit account loans, and other loans for household and personal purposes. It also provides cash management services, safe deposit boxes, travelers checks, money orders, and trust services; ATMs, Internet banking, telephone banking, and debit cards; and b rokerage services, including discount brokerage, personal financial planning, and consultation regarding mutual funds. In addition, the company offers personal trust services, such as financial planning, investment management services, trust and estate administration, and custodial services; and retirement plan services, including provision of various qualified retirement plans, such as profit sharing, 401(k)s, and pension plans. It operated a network of 26 branches and a lending and operation service facility in Kent, Ottawa, and northern Allegan counties of Michigan. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Holland, Michigan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Associated Banc (NYSE:ASB) and Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chemical Financial (NASDAQ: CHFC) and Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and risk.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Stratus Properties Inc.(STRS)

Stratus Properties Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, management, operation, and sale of commercial, hotel, entertainment, and multi-family and single-family residential real estate properties located primarily in the Austin, Texas area. It operates the W Austin Hotel & Residences project located on a 2-acre city block in downtown Austin; and residential real estate properties, including developed, under development, and undeveloped properties in the Barton Creek community, the Circle C community and Lantana, and the condominium units at the W Austin Hotel & Residences project. The company also engages in the leasing of commercial properties comprising two office buildings at 7500 Rialto Boulevard; office and retail space at the W Austin Hotel & Residences project; and a retail building and a bank building in the Barton Creek Village, as well as two retail buildings, including a bank building and the Parkside Village project in the Circle C community. Stratus Pr operties Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    NASDAQ STRS traded down $0.25 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $31.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 528 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,123. Stratus Properties has a 52 week low of $26.15 and a 52 week high of $32.15. The company has a quick ratio of 1.09, a current ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.74.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Invesco Plc(IVZ)

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. The firm manages separate client focused equity, fixed income, balanced portfolios. It also launches equity, fixed income, and balanced mutual funds for its clients. The firm invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. It invests in core, growth, and value stocks of small-cap, mid-cap, and large-cap companies. The firm employs a fundamental and quantitative analysis with a bottom-up stock picking approach to make its investments. It conducts in-house research to make its investments. Invesco Ltd. was founded in December 1935 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    2. Invesco (NYSE: IVZ) — Invesco is a money management shop with $950 Billion in assets under management (AUM). Like most traditional mutual fund managers, it has suffered client outflows as investors gravitate toward low-cost index funds and ETFs. The organization bled $49 billion in net assets in 2018. 

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    2. Invesco (NYSE: IVZ) — Invesco is a money management shop with $950 Billion in assets under management (AUM). Like most traditional mutual fund managers, it has suffered client outflows as investors gravitate toward low-cost index funds and ETFs. The organization bled $49 billion in net assets in 2018. 

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: WSB Holdings Inc.(WSB)

WSB Holdings, Inc. operates as the holding company for The Washington Savings Bank, F.S.B. that provides various commercial banking products and services to middle income individuals, and small and middle income businesses in the United States. The company accepts various deposits, including consumer, small business, and commercial demand deposit accounts, as well as interest-bearing checking accounts, money market accounts, regular savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and retirement savings plans It also originates first and second mortgage loans, land acquisition and development loans, commercial loans, construction loans, and consumer loans, as well as non-residential mortgage loans with emphasis on residential mortgage, and commercial and construction lending. In addition, the company involves in developing single family residential lots, as well as builds homes on certain lots on a contract basis. The company has five savings branches in Bowie, Waldorf, Crofton , Millersville, and Odenton in Maryland. WSB Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Bowie, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, LOW, TIF
    Shares of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) fell nearly 6% after the retail giant fell short of earnings expectations before the bell. The firm reported earnings per share of $1.32. This figure missed Wall Street earnings expectations by six cents. The retail giant blamed poor spring weather for its performance and said that its bottom line has been impacted by the costs of upgrading its physical locations. Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) stock gained

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: E-House(China)

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. It provides primary real estate agency services, secondary real estate brokerage services, real estate information and consulting services, real estate advertising services, real estate online services, and real estate investment fund management services. The company offers primary real estate agency services to real estate developers of residential properties. Its secondary real estate brokerage services include offering advisory services on choices of properties; accompanying potential buyers on house viewing trips; drafting purchase contracts; negotiating price and other terms; and providing preliminary proof of title, as well as coordinating with the notary, the bank, and the title transfer agency. The company also provides market information to buyers and sellers based on its research, as well as listing and brokerage services comprising sales and rentals. Its real estate consulting services include land acquisition consulting and land development consulting. The company?s real estate information services comprise the sale of online subscriptions to its proprietary CRIC system to support its primary and secondary real estate agency services. Its real estate advertising services comprise advertising design and sales in print and other media. The company?s real estate online services include real estate news, information, property data, and access to online communities to real estate consumers and participants through local Web sites. Its real estate investment fund management activities consist of investments in China?s real estate sector. E-House (China) Holdings Limited was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    The world’s largest operating utility-scale solar projects are concentrated in China and India, according to IEEFA. Based on company and press reports, as well as its own estimates, those include:

    RankingProject NameSize MWCountryProponent 1Tengger Desert Solar Park1,547ChinaChina National Grid Zhongwei Power Supply Co2Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park1,000IndiaAndhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Pvt Ltd3Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base1,000ChinaMultiple4Yanchi Ningxia Solar Park1,000ChinaHuawei Technologies Co5Longyangxia Dam Solar Park850ChinaState Power Investment Corporation (China)6Adani Kamuthi Solar Plant648IndiaAdani Green7Solar Star579U.S.BHE Renewables8Topaz Solar Farm550U.S.First Solar9Desert Sunlight Solar Farm550U.S.NextEra Energy, GE Energy Financial & Sumitomo10Nova Olinda Solar Farm292BrazilEnel Green Power

    China added 53 gigawatts of the 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity built last year, a 31 percent increase from the total 2017, IEEFA said, citing Bloomberg New Energy Finance data. Meanwhile, the per unit cost of electricity over the life of a generating asset fell 15 percent year-on-year to $86 a megawatt hour.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

1st Source Corporation operates as the bank holding company for 1st Source Bank that provides commercial and consumer banking services to individuals and businesses in the United States. Its consumer banking services include checking accounts, online and telephone banking, savings programs, installment and real estate loans, home equity loans, lines of credit, drive-through and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, automated teller machines, debit and credit card services, financial literacy seminars, and brokerage services. The company also offers commercial, small business, agricultural, and real estate loans for various general corporate purposes, including financing for industrial and commercial properties, equipment, inventories, accounts receivables, and acquisition; and commercial leasing and cash management services. In addition, it provides a range of trust, investment, agency, and custodial services comprising administration of estates and personal tru sts, as well as the management of investment accounts for individuals, employee benefit plans, and charitable foundations. Further, the company offers equipment loan and lease finance products for auto and light trucks, environmental equipment, medium and heavy duty trucks, new and used aircraft, and construction equipment; and leases construction equipment, medium and heavy duty trucks, automobiles, and other equipment. Additionally, it provides corporate and personal property, casualty, and individual and group health and life insurance products and services to individuals and businesses; and investment advisory services to trust and investment clients. As of December 31, 2011, the company operated through 75 banking center locations in 17 counties in Indiana and Michigan; and 23 locations of its Specialty Finance Group in the United States. 1st Source Corporation was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Stewart Information Services Corporation provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries. It operates in two segments, Title Insurance-Related Services and Real Estate Information. The Title Insurance-Related Services segment offers services that include searching for and examining documents, such as deeds, mortgages, wills, divorce decrees, court judgments, liens, paving assessments, and tax records, as well as provides titles insurance for residential and commercial properties, undeveloped acreage, farms, ranches, and water rights. This segment serves attorneys, builders, developers, home buyers and home sellers, lenders, and real estate brokers. The Real Estate Information segment offers products and services, which primarily include lender services, title technology, foreign and domestic government services, mapping, title information, Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax-deferred property e xchanges, pre-employment services, and online filing and transaction management. Its customers include mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage brokers, mortgage investors, government entities, commercial and residential real estate agents, land developers, builders, title insurance agencies, and others interested in obtaining property information, as well as accountants, attorneys, investors, and employers. The company has operations primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, central Europe, Mexico, central America, and Australia. Stewart Information Services Corporation was founded in 1893 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [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.

Top 10 Financial Stocks For 2021: Lakeland Bancorp Inc.(LBAI)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: ProAssurance Corporation(PRA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    ProAssurance Co. (NYSE:PRA) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks lowered their Q4 2018 earnings estimates for ProAssurance in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, February 5th. SunTrust Banks analyst M. Hughes now expects that the insurance provider will earn $0.17 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $0.33. SunTrust Banks has a “Hold” rating and a $45.00 price objective on the stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on ProAssurance (PRA)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ProChain (CURRENCY:PRA) traded up 1.1% against the US dollar during the 1 day period ending at 12:00 PM ET on September 28th. ProChain has a total market cap of $5.06 million and $110,631.00 worth of ProChain was traded on exchanges in the last day. In the last seven days, ProChain has traded down 20% against the US dollar. One ProChain token can now be bought for approximately $0.10 or 0.00001535 BTC on popular exchanges including Bit-Z, FCoin, OKEx and Bibox.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on ProAssurance (PRA)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: 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 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. reduced its holdings in shares of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) by 31.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 441,479 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 198,314 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned approximately 0.29% of Old National Bancorp worth $7,461,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) was upgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) Director Katherine E. White sold 1,064 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.80, for a total transaction of $18,939.20. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,243 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,125.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MetLife Investment Advisors LLC reduced its position in shares of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) by 9.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 59,196 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 5,905 shares during the quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Old National Bancorp were worth $1,000,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Peregrine Capital Management LLC decreased its position in shares of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) by 18.5% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 304,956 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 69,410 shares during the period. Peregrine Capital Management LLC owned approximately 0.20% of Old National Bancorp worth $5,672,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Currently, I like People’s Utah Bancorp (Nasdaq: PUB), 1st Source Corporation (Nasdaq: SRCE), and East West Bancorp (Nasdaq: EWBC) as stocks likely to benefit in the small/regional sector.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on 1st Source (SRCE)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of eHealth (NASDAQ:EHTH) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note published on Friday morning.

    A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on EHTH. ValuEngine raised shares of eHealth from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Cantor Fitzgerald lifted their price target on shares of eHealth to $22.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a research note on Friday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of eHealth from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 15th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of eHealth from a d rating to a c- rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $24.00.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. boosted its stake in eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH) by 61.5% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 22,655 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,630 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. owned about 0.12% of eHealth worth $501,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
    Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
    Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M
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    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $19.04 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $301.12 following strong quarterly results.

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    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $18.64 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $28.35 following Q1 results.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019

Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) – Equities research analysts at DA Davidson boosted their Q3 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Comerica in a research report issued on Tuesday, July 17th. DA Davidson analyst G. Tenner now forecasts that the financial services provider will post earnings per share of $1.78 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.65.

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Several other equities analysts also recently commented on CMA. Nomura increased their target price on Comerica to $117.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 26th. B. Riley increased their target price on Comerica from $105.00 to $110.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Comerica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded Comerica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. Finally, Wedbush upgraded Comerica from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their target price for the company from $103.00 to $111.00 in a research report on Monday, April 9th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. Comerica has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $99.34.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: INTL FCStone Inc.(INTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL) by 6.9% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 2,339,611 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 150,475 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. owned about 12.37% of INTL Fcstone worth $120,980,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    INTL FCStone (NASDAQ:INTL) shares reached a new 52-week high and low during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $47.87 and last traded at $47.95, with a volume of 2050 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $47.30.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    INTL FCStone (NASDAQ:INTL) was upgraded by investment analysts at TheStreet from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    INTL Fcstone (NASDAQ:INTL) and OTC Markets Group (OTCMKTS:OTCM) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Kemper (NYSE: RNR) and RenaissanceRe (NYSE:RNR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $142.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Rhumbline Advisers trimmed its position in shares of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) by 8.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 74,399 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 6,510 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers owned about 0.18% of RenaissanceRe worth $8,952,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Special Opportunities Fund Inc.(SPE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Special Opportunities Fund, Inc. (NYSE:SPE) insider Gerald Hellerman bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 11th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $14.47 per share, with a total value of $14,470.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 22,793 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $329,814.71. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Spartan Energy (TSE:SPE) insider Albert Jason Stark sold 21,706 shares of Spartan Energy stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$6.48, for a total transaction of C$140,654.88.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)

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    With that being said, we asked three of our Foolish contributors to name one blockchain stock that they think should be on your radar this September. Interestingly, all three chose relatively “safe” businesses that have steady and profitable core operations, with burgeoning blockchain projects on the side. These companies are Dow stalwart IBM (NYSE:IBM), exchange giant Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ), and storage kingpin Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX). 

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

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

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    In its last sequential quarter, Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) relied on non-trading segments for growth as its market-services segment turned in a near flat performance. In the first quarter of 2018, however, healthy trading volumes resumed, and Nasdaq achieved expansion in each of its four operating segments. Before sifting through important highlights for the quarter, let’s briefly review the top-level performance:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Exchange operator and market services provider Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) reported results for the final quarter of 2018 on Jan. 30. Alongside earnings, NASDAQ also announced its intention to compete with rival Euronext NV for Nordic stock exchange Oslo Børs VPS. Below, let’s review key points from the quarter and examine Nasdaq’s bid for Norway’s only independent exchange. (Note that in the discussion that follows, all comparable numbers refer to the prior-year quarter, the fourth quarter of 2017.)

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

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) was the target of a significant decline in short interest in the month of September. As of September 14th, there was short interest totalling 79,142,328 shares, a decline of 2.3% from the August 31st total of 80,975,495 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 4,609,797 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 17.2 days.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    The news that Deutsche Bank A.G. (NYSE: DB) would fire 7,000 people is a day old, but it is worth considering why the people lost their jobs.

    Management was overreaching as it tried to compete globally with other banks and investment houses. It did not work. Thousands of people get to pay the price.

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    Up or Down:: Parsley Energy, Inc., (NYSE: PE) (topstocksnews.com) Stocks Trending Alert – Parsley Energy, Inc., (NYSE: PE) (nysenewstoday.com) Notable Traders Recap: Parsley Energy, Inc., (NYSE: PE), Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft, (NYSE: DB) (globalexportlines.com) Current Change: ORBCOMM Inc., (NASDAQ: ORBC), Parsley Energy, Inc., (NYSE: PE) (nysetradingnews.com) Mike Hinson Sells 250,000 Shares of Parsley Energy Inc (PE) Stock (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of Parsley Energy opened at $30.28 on Friday, according to Marketbeat Ratings. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.59 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.88, a PEG ratio of 0.60 and a beta of -0.48. The company has a quick ratio of 1.20, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37. Parsley Energy has a 52-week low of $21.12 and a 52-week high of $33.43.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Potlatch Corporation(PCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    POPCHAIN (CURRENCY:PCH) traded 3.5% lower against the dollar during the one day period ending at 15:00 PM ET on September 24th. Over the last week, POPCHAIN has traded 8.5% lower against the dollar. POPCHAIN has a market capitalization of $4.63 million and $712,856.00 worth of POPCHAIN was traded on exchanges in the last day. One POPCHAIN token can currently be bought for $0.0138 or 0.00000208 BTC on major exchanges including LBank, CoinBene, Bit-Z and Bilaxy.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. bought a new position in Potlatchdeltic Corp (NASDAQ:PCH) in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund bought 4,644 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $236,000.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Invesco Plc(IVZ)

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ) traded down 2% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $25.52 after closing Thursday at $26.04. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.43. Volume was about 10% below the daily average of about 3.5 million shares. Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross has said he will sell his stake in the company, the parent of W.L. Ross & Co.

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    Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its holdings in Invesco (NYSE:IVZ) by 19.5% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,828,815 shares of the asset manager’s stock after buying an additional 298,083 shares during the quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Invesco were worth $58,541,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: First Interstate BancSystem Inc.(FIBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Interstate BancSystem (NASDAQ:FIBK)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $44.95 and last traded at $44.75, with a volume of 4251 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $44.75.

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Sun Life Financial INC purchased a new position in shares of First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor purchased 9,814 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $414,000.

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Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc. raised its holdings in PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW) by 4.3% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 216,438 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 8,918 shares during the period. Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in PacWest Bancorp were worth $10,696,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the business. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in PacWest Bancorp by 0.5% in the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 4,572,333 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $225,965,000 after purchasing an additional 20,625 shares during the period. Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC increased its stake in PacWest Bancorp by 2.4% in the first quarter. Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC now owns 2,567,019 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $127,145,000 after purchasing an additional 59,771 shares during the period. Cardinal Capital Management LLC CT increased its stake in PacWest Bancorp by 1.3% in the first quarter. Cardinal Capital Management LLC CT now owns 1,586,444 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $78,577,000 after purchasing an additional 20,755 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in PacWest Bancorp by 2.5% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,360,134 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $67,218,000 after purchasing an additional 33,372 shares during the period. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in PacWest Bancorp by 16.0% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,044,001 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $51,710,000 after purchasing an additional 143,815 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 86.07% of the company’s stock.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ:VRTS) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Tuesday morning.

    A number of other research firms also recently commented on VRTS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Virtus Investment Partners from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $147.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Sandler O’Neill restated a hold rating and set a $142.00 price objective on shares of Virtus Investment Partners in a report on Thursday, March 15th. TheStreet downgraded Virtus Investment Partners from a b rating to a c+ rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on Virtus Investment Partners from $136.00 to $135.00 and set an equal weight rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. Finally, Barclays lowered their price target on Virtus Investment Partners from $140.00 to $130.00 and set an equal weight rating for the company in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. Virtus Investment Partners presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $138.13.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BW Gestao de Investimentos Ltda. grew its holdings in Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ:VRTS) by 12.9% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 9,490 shares of the closed-end fund’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,082 shares during the period. BW Gestao de Investimentos Ltda. owned about 0.13% of Virtus Investment Partners worth $1,175,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    QCR (NASDAQ: QCRH) and Bancorpsouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $53.60.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of QCR (NASDAQ:QCRH) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

    Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of QCR from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. QCR has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $53.60.

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: E-House(China)

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    The world’s largest operating utility-scale solar projects are concentrated in China and India, according to IEEFA. Based on company and press reports, as well as its own estimates, those include:

    RankingProject NameSize MWCountryProponent 1Tengger Desert Solar Park1,547ChinaChina National Grid Zhongwei Power Supply Co2Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park1,000IndiaAndhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Pvt Ltd3Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base1,000ChinaMultiple4Yanchi Ningxia Solar Park1,000ChinaHuawei Technologies Co5Longyangxia Dam Solar Park850ChinaState Power Investment Corporation (China)6Adani Kamuthi Solar Plant648IndiaAdani Green7Solar Star579U.S.BHE Renewables8Topaz Solar Farm550U.S.First Solar9Desert Sunlight Solar Farm550U.S.NextEra Energy, GE Energy Financial & Sumitomo10Nova Olinda Solar Farm292BrazilEnel Green Power

    China added 53 gigawatts of the 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity built last year, a 31 percent increase from the total 2017, IEEFA said, citing Bloomberg New Energy Finance data. Meanwhile, the per unit cost of electricity over the life of a generating asset fell 15 percent year-on-year to $86 a megawatt hour.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: KKR(KKR)

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    For nearly a decade, the stock market seemed to move nearly straight up. After a gut-wrenching downturn during the financial crisis, the market’s rebound was just about the last thing that investors would have expected — but it was extremely good news for private equity companies like KKR (NYSE:KKR), which sought to take advantage of long-term opportunities in distressed assets to produce substantial profits.

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    KKR & Co. (NYSE: KKR) will pay $8.3 billion to buy BMC Software, sources said — marking the buyout shop’s biggest acquisition in years: Link

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy For 2019: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

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    Currently, I like People’s Utah Bancorp (Nasdaq: PUB), 1st Source Corporation (Nasdaq: SRCE), and East West Bancorp (Nasdaq: EWBC) as stocks likely to benefit in the small/regional sector.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

FineMark National Bank & Trust lessened its holdings in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) by 3.2% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 47,074 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,540 shares during the quarter. FineMark National Bank & Trust’s holdings in Altria Group were worth $2,673,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of the stock. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its holdings in Altria Group by 60.9% in the 1st quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 14,636,235 shares of the company’s stock worth $912,131,000 after acquiring an additional 5,542,534 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its holdings in Altria Group by 17.7% in the 1st quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 11,564,981 shares of the company’s stock worth $720,730,000 after acquiring an additional 1,736,849 shares during the last quarter. Boston Partners grew its holdings in Altria Group by 282.0% in the 1st quarter. Boston Partners now owns 2,226,211 shares of the company’s stock worth $138,737,000 after acquiring an additional 1,643,445 shares during the last quarter. Independent Franchise Partners LLP grew its holdings in Altria Group by 48.3% in the 1st quarter. Independent Franchise Partners LLP now owns 4,604,285 shares of the company’s stock worth $286,939,000 after acquiring an additional 1,500,181 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Coho Partners Ltd. bought a new stake in Altria Group in the 1st quarter worth $80,168,000. Institutional investors own 62.92% of the company’s stock.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D
  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the U.S. Federal Reserve assigned a secret “troubled condition” designation to Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) roughly a year ago.

  • [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 Steve Symington]

    Still, several individual companies easily outran the broader market. Read on to learn why shares of ManTech International (NASDAQ:MANT), Civeo (NYSE:CVEO), and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) each climbed higher today.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: 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 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Thursday.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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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.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine cut shares of W. R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Monday morning.

    WRB has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Bank of America cut shares of W. R. Berkley from a neutral rating to an underperform rating and set a $74.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Thursday, June 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of W. R. Berkley from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, February 20th. Boenning Scattergood restated a hold rating on shares of W. R. Berkley in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of W. R. Berkley in a report on Monday. They set a sell rating and a $74.00 target price on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have issued a hold rating to the stock. W. R. Berkley currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $70.78.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 1,794,500 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 388% from the previous session’s volume of 367,847 shares.The stock last traded at $79.32 and had previously closed at $78.15.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    QCR (NASDAQ: QCRH) and Bancorpsouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $53.60.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of QCR (NASDAQ:QCRH) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

    Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of QCR from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. QCR has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $53.60.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019

Generating alpha in today’s market is quite challenging. With the speed that information is disseminated it has become difficult to find undervalued opportunities to achieve outsized returns; once news becomes public, a stock quickly is re-priced to reflect this new information. In today’s highly competitive environment, the way to beat the market is to put disparate pieces of information together to paint a picture of what might be coming down the pipe.

Prior Examples

Glu Mobile (GLUU) Example

My article on GLUU provides a good example of how I pieced together disparate pieces of information to generate alpha. In my article entitled Glu Mobile: A Stock Darling for 2017, I outlined several factors that were contributing to the stock trading at a significantly undervalued level. These factors included: tax loss harvesting, investors not pricing in the value of GLUU’s evergreen strategy, GLUU’s short interest level, and strong insider buying.

Each of these factors in isolation didn’t provide a compelling narrative as to GLUU’s potential, but by putting them all together one is able to see why the stock might be temporarily trading at a depressed level. At the time of publishing, GLUU was trading at $1.94 per share and I suggested investors take their profits in August at $3.15 per share–although this was a bit too early since the stock is currently trading at $5.76 per share. Nonetheless, this anecdote provides evidence about how it is still possible to do a deep dive on a company and glean insight into why the market may be myopically viewing a stock.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: RAIT Financial Trust(RAS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS) will announce its earnings results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 23rd. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.21 per share for the quarter.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Currently, I like People’s Utah Bancorp (Nasdaq: PUB), 1st Source Corporation (Nasdaq: SRCE), and East West Bancorp (Nasdaq: EWBC) as stocks likely to benefit in the small/regional sector.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Gilead Sciences, Inc.(GILD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    KBC Group NV trimmed its stake in Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) by 10.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 227,921 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 27,406 shares during the period. KBC Group NV’s holdings in Gilead Sciences were worth $17,183,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Sangamo Therapeutics has alsoinked a collaborationwith Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD)to work on ZFN approaches that may improve cancer treatment. As part of that deal, Sangamo received an upfront payment of $150 million from Gilead Sciences and it could receive up to $3.01 billion in potential milestones. If any therapies from this collaboration win approval, then Sangamo will receive tiered royalties on future sales.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Biotech traders get heaps of attention, but buying promising young drugmakers and holding them for the long term is a far easier way to get rich. Case in point: Spreading $10,000 evenly among shares of Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB),Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), andGilead Sciences Inc.(NASDAQ:GILD) around this time in 1998 would have made you a millionaire already.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    A value trap is a stock that appears to be cheap but, in reality, is not because of deteriorating business conditions. Examples of traps include pharmaceutical companies with a valuable patent set to expire, cyclical stocks at the peak of the cycle, or tech stocks in the midst of having their expertise being commoditized away. Unfortunately, this is a pitfall I have firsthand experience with. In early 2016, I bought shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) for just under $93. At the time, Gilead’s trailing twelve months EPS was $11.74 giving it what I thought was a dirt cheap P/E ratio of 7.9 — I thought shares were a steal.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: Student Transportation Inc(STB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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    That was certainly the case with Student Transportation (NYSE: STB). My former High-Yield Investing holding was trading at $6.00 per share at the closing bell on February 27. The next morning, it opened near $7.50 following a surprise takeover offer from a privately held Canadian company — giving us a nice 25% gain overnight.

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    One of the main goals of my premium newsletter High-Yield Investing is stability. I like industries that don’t go through unpredictable hot and cold cycles. Student Transportation (NYSE: STB) is a textbook example.

Hot Undervalued Stocks To Own For 2019: CSP Inc.(CSPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Headlines about CSP (NASDAQ:CSPI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CSP earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the information technology services provider an impact score of 44.9831568716707 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top Insurance Stocks For 2019

Stocks have enjoyed an incredible run since the depths of the financial crisis, but, with the average S&P 500 company now sporting a P/E ratio of 24.8, valuations are beginning to look a bit stretched by historical standards. After all, the historical average P/E ratio for the S&P 500 is under 16.

With that in mind, here are three solid companies — AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) — with good business models and competitive advantages all for a P/E ratio under 14.

Most stocks look richly valued after an almost decade-long bull market, but find out why AFLAC, Skyworks Solutions, and Verizon Communications still represent a great value. Image source: Getty Images.

A quackin’ good value

Thanks to those beloved commercials featuring the Aflac Duck, most U.S. consumers know that Aflac is an insurer selling supplemental insurance policies for things such as workplace injuries and cancer. What many people might not know, however, is that Aflac makes about two-thirds of its money in Japan.

Top Insurance Stocks For 2019: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top Insurance Stocks For 2019: Penske Automotive Group, Inc.(PAG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.4 per share on revenue of $5.63 billion.
    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $37.16 billion.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $605.26 million.
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.59 per share on revenue of $22.75 billion.
    General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $7.6 billion.
    The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.58 per share on revenue of $22.24 billion.
    Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $4.91 per share on revenue of $22.52 billion.
    Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $3.04 billion.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.61 per share on revenue of $6.61 billion.
    Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.81 per share on revenue of $1.66 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.15 billion.
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $3.82 billion.
    Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.97 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
    T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $1.29 billion.
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SI
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Penske Automotive Group (NYSE: PAG) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Penske Automotive Group to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    Daimler said that two companies that operate fleets of big trucks have signed up to participate in the pilot program for the two new electric trucks being developed by its Freightliner brand:

    Penske Truck Leasing is a corporate sibling of Penske Automotive Group (NYSE:PAG) that leases and maintains over 240,000 trucks around the world. NFI Industries is a full-service logistics company, a freight hauler that operates a fleet of over 4,000 tractors and 8,700 trailers.

    Daimler said that it will supply Penske and NFI with a test fleet of 30 prototype electric trucks before the end of the year. The two companies will evaluate the new Freightliners, working closely with Freightliner engineers to provide detailed feedback to help the company refine the trucks’ designs.

Top Insurance Stocks For 2019: Nuveen Select Tax Free Income Portfolio(NXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Vivaldi Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Nuveen Select Tax-Free Income (NYSE:NXP) by 64.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 32,927 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 12,906 shares during the period. Vivaldi Capital Management LLC owned approximately 0.20% of Nuveen Select Tax-Free Income worth $462,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.