Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

The stock market went ripping higher on Monday, with the bulls hoping they set the tone for a strong week to come. What do our top stock trades of the day have to say?

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Cathay General Bancorp(CATY)

Cathay General Bancorp operates as the holding company for Cathay Bank, which offers various commercial banking products and services for individuals, professionals, and small to medium-sized businesses primarily in California. Its deposit products include passbook accounts, checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, college certificates of deposit, and public funds deposits. The company?s loan portfolio comprises commercial mortgage loans, commercial loans, small business administration loans, residential mortgage loans, real estate construction loans, and home equity lines of credit. It also offers installment loans to individuals for automobile, household, and other consumer expenditures. In addition, the company provides trade financing, letters of credit, wire transfers, forward currency spot and forward contracts, traveler?s checks, safe deposit, night deposit, social security payment deposit, collecti on, bank-by-mail, drive-up and walk-up windows, automatic teller machines, Internet banking, and other customary bank services. As of April 20, 2011, Cathay General Bancorp operated 31 branches in California, 8 branches in New York State, 1 branch in Massachusetts, 2 branches in Texas, 3 branches in Washington State, 3 branches in the Chicago, Illinois area, 1 branch in New Jersey, and 1 branch in Hong Kong, as well as a representative office in Shanghai and in Taipei. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Aurora Investment Counsel bought a new position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 43,515 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $1,803,000. Aurora Investment Counsel owned 0.05% of Cathay General Bancorp as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies reduced their Q4 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Cathay General Bancorp in a research report issued on Wednesday, July 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst M. Clark now anticipates that the bank will post earnings of $0.76 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.79. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Cathay General Bancorp’s Q3 2019 earnings at $0.89 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.90 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $3.50 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.89 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.89 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $3.65 EPS.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Porter Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for PBI Bank that provides commercial and personal banking products and services in Kentucky. The company?s deposit products include checking accounts, savings accounts, term certificate accounts, time deposits, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, money market accounts, fixed rate certificates, and certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio comprises residential mortgage, commercial, consumer, and agriculture loans; and real estate loans, including commercial and residential real estate, and real estate construction loans. The company also provides drive-through banking facilities, automatic teller machines, night depository, personalized checks, credit cards, debit cards, Internet banking, electronic funds transfers, domestic and foreign wire transfers, travelers? checks, cash management, vault services, loan and deposit sweep accounts, and lock box services. In addition, Porter Bancorp offers personal trus t services, employer retirement plan services, and personal financial and retirement planning services. As of July 28, 2011, it operated 18 full-service banking offices in Kentucky. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ:PBIB) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Porter Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.3359026173577 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.


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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 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: First Capital Bancorp Inc.(VA)

First Capital Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Capital Bank that offers a range of banking and related financial services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals in Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area. The company?s deposit products include checking, individual retirement, negotiable order of withdrawal, and savings accounts, as well as other time deposits of various types, ranging from daily money market accounts to longer-term certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio comprises short-to-medium term commercial loans, such as secured and unsecured loans for working capital, business expansion, and purchase of equipment and machinery; and consumer loans comprising secured and unsecured loans for financing automobiles, home improvements, education, and personal investments. The company also originates fixed and floating-rate mortgage, and real estate construction and acquisition loans. In addition, it offers safe deposi t boxes, cash management services, traveler?s checks, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, automatic drafts for various accounts, online banking services, small and medium-sized businesses courier services, and automated teller machine services. As of May 10, 2011, the company operated seven branches. First Capital Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Virgin America earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 45.3779505917989 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows JetBlue Airways Corporation giving a good performance thats still not as good as that of large cap Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) while the performance ofAlaska Air Group, Inc (NYSE: ALK), which has acquired Virgin America Inc (NASDAQ: VA), seems to have slipped recently:

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: INTL FCStone Inc.(INTL)

INTL FCStone Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides foreign exchange and treasury, securities execution, physical commodities trading and execution, and structured over-the-counter commodity services worldwide. It offers commodity and risk management services; treasury, global payment, and foreign exchange services; and wholesale market making services in select foreign securities, as well as involved in the origination, structuring, and placement of an array of emerging market debt instruments in the international and domestic capital markets, and trades in various international debt instruments. The company also provides clearing and execution services related to exchange-traded futures and options for the institutional and professional trader market segments; asset management, and commodity financing and facilitation services; and investment banking advisory services. Its customers comprise the producers, consumers, recyclers, and investors in precious metals an d certain base metals; financial institutions, multi-national corporations, and governmental and charitable organizations; and broker-dealers, regional broker-dealers, commercial banks, institutional investors, and investment banks. The company was formerly known as International Assets Holding Corporation and changed its name to INTL FCStone Inc. in March 2011. INTL FCStone Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [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).

  • [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.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Dimensional Fund Advisors LP trimmed its stake in shares of INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL) by 1.3% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 877,501 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 11,320 shares during the quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s holdings in INTL Fcstone were worth $37,452,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Barclays PLC provides various financial products and services in Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia. It offers retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management, and investment management services. The company?s products include current account and savings products, Woolwich branded mortgages, unsecured loans, protection products, general insurance, credit cards, Sharia-compliant products, installment finance and commercial property finance, commercial loans, and personal loans. It also offers money transmission, international and private banking, investment management, fiduciary, and brokerage services, as well as payment solutions and mobile banking services. In addition, the company provides fixed income, currency and commodities, foreign exchange, emerging markets, money markets, and credit services; equities, which include cash and equity derivatives and prime services; investment banking products and services that comprise fi nancial advisory, and equity and debt underwriting; and advisory services. It serves individual, commercial, corporate, institutional, retail, and mass affluent customers. The company was formerly known as Barclays Bank Limited and changed its name to Barclays PLC in January 1985. Barclays PLC was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Now, here’s a closer look at today’s Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.

    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Despite some progress in trade talks between the United States and China, China warned its citizens about trouble ahead for its economy. This morning, the Chinese government predicted the nation’s economy would grow between a rate of 6% and 6.5% in the year ahead. This figure would represent a slowdown from last year’s expansion rate of 6.6% and would be the lowest growth total in 30 years. Ongoing tensions between the United States and China have cooled in recent weeks. U.S. President Donald Trump said that the two nations are “very, very close” to a deal and a “signing summit.” Health insurance companies are under pressure after the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a “Medicare for all” bill. Although the bill has very little chance of passing in the current session of Congress, investors are unnerved about the growing desire in Washington to shift to a single-payer model. Although there might be an opportunity for companies like Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) and UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) to rebound, don’t expect the gains to last long. Many analysts feel that health insurance stocks are ripe for a sharp downturn when Democratic nominees for president begin debating their healthcare positions in the fall. Shares of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) are falling again in pre-market hours. The latest bad news came after the company received another downgrade – this one from Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS). The British bank slashed its price target from $210 to $192 per share and said that the company has undermined its own narrative around the Model 3. “With lower margins not likely to be offset by increased volumes and cost saves, we cut our PT to $192 and remain underweight…” the bank wrote. The price target of $192 represents downside of 32.7% from Tuesday’s closing price.
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    Stocks to Watch Today: AMZN, BBBY, BCS, CRM Inc.(NASDAQ: AMZN) shares pushed higher after the e-commerce giant received an upgrade from Evercore. The analysts hiked the price target from $1,800 to $1,965 on expectations of higher gross profits. “In this note, we make the case that given Amazon’s shifting business mix,” analysts wrote, “the pace of gross profit growth has become a more relevant indicator of the health of the business, and as such, should be the key metric used to value the company.” Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.(NASDAQ: BBBY) fell 3.5% after the firm received a stock downgrade from Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS). The investment bank said it is concerned about the retail firm’s ongoing restructuring. Barclays dropped its price target for BBBY stock from $15 to $13, citing concerns about retail traffic trends and gross margin growth. Inc. (NYSE: CRM) will report earnings after the bell on Monday. Look for other earnings reports from YY Inc. (NYSE: YY), Clarus Corp.(NASDAQ: CLAR), and The Children’s Place Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE).

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    Stocks to Watch Today: NKE, GRMN, FIT, FOSL, NAVI
    Nike Inc. (NYSE: NYSE) is facing a public relations problem this morning and shares are off nearly 2%. Last night, Duke University star basketball player Zion Williamson was injured in the opening minute of a marquee game against the University of North Carolina. Williamson slipped while dribbling and his Nike shoe split apart, causing him to fall and injure his knee. The No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils, who were favorites against their rivals at home, were blown out after Williamson was forced to leave the game. The game was heavily televised, attended by celebrities and former President Barack Obama, and fetched ticket prices upwards of $10,000. Williamson is likely the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft this year. The company called the event an “isolated occurrence.” Shares of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) popped to an 11-year high thanks to a strong earnings report and forward guidance on Wednesday. The fitness and navigation device manufacturer reported that smartwatch sales are “on fire” from outdoor enthusiasts. The firm’s outdoor segment experienced a 25% jump in revenue for the quarter, while the firm hiked its 2019 revenue outlook and topped analysts’ expectations. The news helped boost shares of Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL) and Fitbit (NYSE: FIT). Shares of Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) slid 4.2% after hedge fund Canyon Capital withdrew its bid from earlier this week to buy the student loan servicing giant for $12.50 per share. The hedge fund announced it will now launch a proxy fight to replace many of the company’s board of directors. While this might be bad news for NAVI in the short term, there are still 1.5 trillion reasons to own this stock. Look for other earnings reports from Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS), Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD), Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), Dropbox (NYSE: DBX), First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), Kraft Hein

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Barclays (NYSE:BCS) and First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

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