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  • It's Not Too Late to Buy This Regional Bank

    By Piyush Arora - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, FITB, RF

    More often than not, banking stocks are considered growth plays instead of value plays. This is reasonable, as global financial institutions generally deliver modest but steady returns. Over the last year, however, shares of Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) have risen by an impressive 50% and outperformed most of the popular global banks.

    Now that its shares have more than doubled over the last four years, the Street is doubting the more »

  • The Sun Is Shining on This Regional

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 23, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, FITB, HBAN, STI

    SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI) is one of the largest regional banks and it appears that the dark cloud of the financial crisis could be moving away, which should allow this bank to shine going forward. The bank has managed to under-perform the broader banking market by nearly 15 percentage points over the past 12 months, but its compelling valuation means the stock could move higher going forward. 

    Who is SunTrust more »

  • The Great Unanswered Question at This Bank

    By Chad Henage - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, COF, MTB, PNC

    If investors could take every earnings report at face value, picking stocks would be a lot easier. However, there are unending ways for companies to define, compare, and revise their numbers to make them look better. The other day I saw an earnings report with words like, excluding, adjusted, and corrected, and they were all used in conjunction to adjust a number. While not as egregious as “excluding, corrected, and more »

  • This Bank Has 3 Problems, But 1 Trumps Them All

    By Chad Henage - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, MTB, PNC

    It’s hard to argue with investing in a large bank that is growing at a decent rate. However, I’m here to do exactly that. Of the few problems facing M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) today, only two of the four problems are fixable by harder work and better results. The other two problems are lurking behind the scenes, and that’s the biggest risk of all. Investors might more »

  • This Bank's Strategy Will Fail

    By Marie Palumbo - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, BBT, C, MS, WFC

    Cross-selling sounds like the perfect cure for banks still ailing from the financial crisis. Net interest margins are at significant lows, and banks are trimming expenses to keep profits at meaningful levels. So adding new sales to old customers should be the perfect fix. But – not all banks are created equal. As such, cross-selling won’t work effectively for every bank.

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is a great example more »

  • SCBT - Buy A Phenomenal Bank

    By Christopher Drose - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, FFCH, SCBT

    Small regional banks are one of my favorite investments as they tend to be under covered by analysts. I tend to look towards ones that are close to home, chalk it up to home bias. One that I have recently been interested in is South Carolina Bank and Trust (NASDAQ: SCBT) They have been on a very aggressive streak of making acquisitions, and here are just a few. 

    1. In February more »
  • What Are Insiders Buying These Days?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, BSX, IBKC, X, WSR

    Studies show that stocks bought by insiders narrowly outperform the market (read our analysis of studies on insider trading) with our explanation for this finding being that company insiders have to be more confident than usual to buy the stock rather than diversify their wealth. Because the effect is not enormously large, as well as because of the fact that there are too many insider purchases for an investor to more »

  • Can This Bank's Strengths Offset These Two Concerns?

    By Chad Henage - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, STI, USB, WFC

    When I came across U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) last year, I couldn't believe that I had been ignoring one of the best big banks in the country. The company's loan and deposit growth matched up well to any of their peers, and their credit quality was good. I've kept up with the company through their earnings reports, and there are two concerns that have me worried more »

  • This Bank Needs to Turn Over More Rocks

    By Chad Henage - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, PNC, STI, USB

    I'm a big fan of Peter Lynch, and one statement that he made always sticks with me. He said that his stock picking method was all about turning over more rocks to find great companies -- in essence, if you don't try, you can't succeed. I'm wondering whether the bankers at SunTrust (NYSE: STI) need to be hit over the head with a rock to make this more »

  • This Great Bank Needs To Focus on Its Strengths

    By Chad Henage - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, JPM, USB, WFC

    Sometimes banking is made more complicated than it needs to be. A successful bank can attract deposits, make loans, manage its credit quality, and be an excellent investment. While it's true that this business plan isn't very exciting, if there is one thing that is not needed in banking it's excitement. Usually when people get excited about a bank it means something bad happened. Unfortunately, one more »

  • There Is No Question This Stock Is Overvalued

    By Chad Henage - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, BBT, JPM, WFC

    I understand that Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) has a lot of fans in the stock market. With Warren Buffett being one of the largest stockholders, it's easy to understand the attraction to the stock. However, the company's recent earnings suggest that the stock is overvalued. It's not just one thing either, the issues facing the company range from deposit problems, to credit quality, to the stock price more »

  • 4 Southern Regional Banks to Consider

    By Bill Edson - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: OZRK, BBT, BPOP, STI

    2013 is supposed to be a difficult year for banking. The sustained low interest rate environment should limit income opportunity, and banks' revenue savior in 2012, mortgage fee income, will not be as robust in 2013. However, some of the country's large regional banks have managed their businesses well enough to get off to a great start in 2013. I am going to look at some of those banks more »

  • Tired Of Big Banks? How About This Mid-Cap Regional Bank?

    By Nick Chiu - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, HBAN, RF

    Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ: HBAN), with a market cap of $5.87 billion, is a multi-state, diversified regional bank holding company, providing full financial services including banking, lending, mortgage, and investment management.

    1Q13 earnings

    On April 17, 2013, Huntington Bancshares reported an EPS of $0.17 for 1Q13, which was unchanged from the year ago quarter, but down $0.02 from the prior quarter. The reported earnings beat Zacks Consensus Estimate more »

  • 3 Banks for the Ultimate Dividend Growth Portfolio

    By Timothy Green - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, JPM, WFC

    So far The Ultimate Dividend Growth Portfolio contains 11 stocks, but none them except Western Union are financial companies. Some degree of diversification is a good idea in a portfolio like this, so today I'll add three banks stocks that have promising dividend growth potential. Many banks were forced to cut or suspend the dividend during the financial crisis and some have yet to reinstate a reasonable dividend. But more »

  • Why This Bank Is Among the Best of the Breed

    By Dave Zaegel - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: OZRK, BBT, KEY, RF

    It's time again to review one of my favorite and easiest stocks to recommend: Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ: OZRK). Bank of the Ozarks operates just over 100 banks in the southern U.S., primarily in Arkansas and Georgia. This stock has been a model of consistency and market outperformance. Even when the market got smacked in 2008 and early 2009, Bank of the Ozarks barely budged. Since then more »

  • Three Banks From Three Different Banking Sectors

    By Ash Anderson - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, TD, WFC

    In order to best situate yourself in the market, you should have exposure to a variety of sectors. The financial sector is an area that you can diversify into quite a lot. Within this sector, there are banks from around the globe, both big and small.

    I bring to you my three favorite banks that come from three pretty distinct areas of the financial sector. From the larger side of more »

  • The Fastest Growing Bank Isn't A Bank After All

    By Chad Henage - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, COF, SCHW, ETFC, AMTD | Editor's Choice

    Having worked for a bank for over 10 years, I follow quite a few financial stocks. There were two things that my years in banking taught me. First, change is constant. Second, you need to get to know your client, because if you don't, your competition will take them away. Bankers need to learn a new rule as well, competition doesn't just come in the form of a more »

  • The Fastest Growing Bank Isn't A Bank After All

    By Chad Henage - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, COF, SCHW, ETFC, AMTD

    Having worked for a bank for over 10 years, I follow quite a few financial stocks. There were two things that my years in banking taught me. First, change is constant. Second, you need to get to know your client, because if you don't, your competition will take them away. Bankers need to learn a new rule as well, competition doesn't just come in the form of a more »

  • Sorting Through the Regionals

    By Marshall Hargrave - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, FITB, HBAN, RF, STI

    Standard & Poor's has a positive outlook for regional banks, as do I. These banks tend to have less exposure to international concerns and also are purer plays on deposits and consumer/small business economic health, whereas the exposure of mega-banks can be susceptible to trading and other "unplanned" losses.
    The regionals should see positive performance going forward on the back of home refinancing and gains on loans. According to more »
  • Citigroup Earnings Preview: What To Watch

    By Matthew Frankel - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, C, WFC

    Citigroup (NYSE: C) has done a pretty good job of turning itself around since the financial crisis, and has now turned a profit for three consecutive years after a terrible 2008-2009 period.  Although net revenues were down in 2012 mostly due to continued divestitures through Citi Holdings, the company’s core businesses actually grew, and are expected to do the same in 2013.  With first quarter results due on Monday more »

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