Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

Asian stocks have not been this cheap since the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997

Which is a little strange because there is nothing in the economies of Asia today that even compares to the last crisis.

In fact, right now the valuation spread between the MSCI Asia Pacific Index and the S&P 500 is wider than it’s been since 2002 on both a price to earnings basis and a price to book basis.

More simply put, this means that the S&P 500 is much more expensive than the MSCI Asia Pacific Index as measured by P/E and P/B ratios.

Which is why today I’m recommending you add some exposure to Asia in your portfolio

The Last Time Asia Was This Cheap The Region Was Very Sick

In 1997, Asian financial markets became unglued in an event that became known as the “Asian Flu.”

The underlying cause of the problem was a massive currency crisis.

Vast amounts of borrowed money flowed into the region.

And because most Asian currencies were pegged to the U.S. dollar (and therefore shouldn’t fluctuate), investors thought it would be a great idea to borrow U.S. dollars at low interest rates and invest them in Asia where interest rates were much higher.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: INTL FCStone Inc.(INTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    INTL FCStone (NASDAQ:INTL) released its earnings results on Tuesday. The financial services provider reported $1.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.20, Bloomberg Earnings reports. INTL FCStone had a positive return on equity of 3.32% and a negative net margin of 0.02%.

  • [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.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust(PMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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    Zacks Investment Research Lowers Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Financial wellness program popularity rises among employers, up 63 percentage points in two years (markets.financialcontent.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Prudential (PUK) Reduced by Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Jefferies Group Weighs in on Prudential’s FY2020 Earnings (PUK) (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

  • [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.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Sentry Investment Management LLC lessened its holdings in American International Group (NYSE:AIG) by 8.6% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 64,968 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 6,147 shares during the quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC’s holdings in American International Group were worth $3,536,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Trustmark Corporation(TRMK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Colony Bankcorp Inc.(CBAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Media stories about Colony Bankcorp (NASDAQ:CBAN) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Colony Bankcorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.3992787299045 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 32.49% of the total portfolio. Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 397,069 shares, 25.6% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,391,767 shares, 23.3% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 shares, 13.08% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 323,980 shares, 4.31% of the total portfolio.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: BofI Holding Inc.(BOFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall]

    Internet-only bankBofI Holding, Inc.(NASDAQ:BOFI) reported its third-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings after market close on April 26, delivering a solid 27% increase in earnings per share. Book value per share increased 16.5% in the quarter, spurred higher by 15% growth of its loan portfolio. Deposits also grew an impressive total, up 17% in the quarter, providing BofI with the necessary cash to fund its loan growth.

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Dan Caplinger, and Sean Williams]

    Below, three Fool.com investors make the case for adding shares of Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB), BofI Holding(NASDAQ:BOFI), and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) to your portfolio.

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    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Bank of Internet (BOFI) , MGM Resorts (MGM) , Verizon (VZ) , Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) , Oracle (ORCL) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , PayPal (PYPL) , Raytheon (RTN) and McDonald’s (MCD) .

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    Bank of Internet (BOFI) : “I would hold that. I do like the major banks more right here.”

    Melco Resorts (MLCO) : “No, no, I like MGM Resorts (MGM) .”

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

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