Capital One Financial Corp.

  • Low Interest Rates Create Uncertain Climate for Banking Stocks

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: COF, HCBK, NYCB

    The banking sector has been the source of much speculation, particularly since the financial crisis five years ago. But many of the smaller banks are often overlooked due to the flashy headlines the big players attract. Below are a few of the less talked about banks that you should consider keeping an eye on; but not all of them are buys right now due to interest rate uncertainty.

    Low long-term more »

  • Credit Stocks to Raise More than Your Score

    By Kyle Vaughan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS

    The term "credit score" is tossed around like it's going out of style. Even with the plethora of knowledge available on improving this crucial statistic of financial well-being, many consumers fail to pay off their debt. According to Statistic Brain, which verifies reports through the Federal Reserve and TransUnion, 56% of consumers carried an unpaid balance in the past 12 months. This isn't good for some aspects of more »

  • Should American Express Be in Your Portfolio?

    By Justin Pope - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS, V

    Consumer spending took a hit when the recession took hold in 2007-2008. Since then, however, consumer spending in the United States has been making a slow but steady recovery:

    source: St Louis Fed  

    At the same time, the estimated usage of cash is expected to decline.

    What does this mean? It means we - the consumer - are swiping our cards again, and more often as time goes on! I suppose you more »

  • This Tiger Cub Hedge Fund Manager’s Low P/E Ratio Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, COF, FNF, HCA, UNH

    It’s been some time since Tiger Cub Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital filed its 13F for the first quarter of 2013, disclosing many of its long equity positions as of the end of March. However, we believe that there are still a couple ways for investors to make use of 13F filings.

    For one, we’ve found that it’s possible to use 13Fs to develop investing strategies; the more »

  • Why You Should Stay Invested in the Financial Sector

    By Lee Samaha - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: COF, JPM, WFC

    Earnings season is in full flow now, and it’s the turn of banking heavyweights such as Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) to give their numbers and commentary on the economy. As ever, investors will focus on the housing market’s effect on banking stocks' prospects, and what it means to the wider economy. Frankly, I think the housing market is the key to future movements more »

  • This Banking Behemoth Is Ready for Prime Time

    By Jordan Wathen - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS

    Ten years ago no one would have thought of Capital One (NYSE: COF) as a bank. It was a pure play on consumer credit with a focus on credit card lending. It had the backing of Wall Street, raising funds from the credit markets with debt issuances to make money available to its credit card customers.

    Fast forward 10 years and Capital One is a diversified operation spanning everything from more »

  • Is it Time to Reconsider What's in Your Wallet?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS

    Capital One's (NYSE: COF) famous slogan is "what's in your wallet?", but I'm less concerned with what's in your wallet and more concerned with what's in your portfolio. Let's check out how you should trade the three major credit card companies. 

    The mid-market player

    Big news for Capital One of late is that the Fed will approve a $1 billion buyback if the credit more »

  • What a Stable Banking System Means for Your Banking Stock

    By Red Chip - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, COF, C

    The U.S. banking sector is facing more and more stringent capital requirements, the latest of which is the two-fold rise in the leverage ratio minimum to 6%. While some meet the proposed requirements, others don’t. Therefore, it’s unlikely that the Fed will set a minimum leverage capital target that significantly disadvantages the U.S. banks relative to their international counterparts. Nevertheless, I don’t expect a 6 more »

  • Billionaire Andreas Halvorsen’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: COF, LYB, MPC, ALL, VLO

    Viking Global, a hedge fund managed by billionaire and Tiger Cub Andreas Halvorsen, filed its 13F for the first quarter of 2013 with the SEC in May. These filings disclose many of hedge funds’ long equity positions in U.S. stocks as of the end of the most recent fiscal quarter; despite the age of this information, we’ve actually found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: COF, FCX, SLM, UNH, XL

    Value investors often start by considering the P/E multiple as a measure of a stock’s “cheapness” and then evaluating the company’s other financials to see if it is a good value. We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds, primarily as part of our work developing investment strategies, but we also think that it can be useful to screen picks from top managers according to more »

  • Should PNC Sell Its Stake in BlackRock?

    By Red Chip - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, COF, PNC, STI

    PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), the second largest U.S regional bank not only faces stiff competition due to industry consolidation but tough economic times as well.

    PNC stock rushed up 19% during the current year. The bank faces a major decision. Let’s review the bank’s past performance and see what would be the implication of PNC Financial selling or not selling its BlackRock stake.

    Satisfactory earnings more »

  • When Will Investors Stop Worrying About QE?

    By Lee Samaha - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: COF, HD, XLU, WFC

    I tread carefully in writing this article because whenever anyone discusses the pseudo-religious issue of investing fundamentals and/or why markets move, he is usually met with a gale of fundamentalist abuse. In this case I’m talking about the recent falls in various asset classes, which were caused by Ben Bernanke’s recent statement . I want to look at why the market reacted the way that it did. What more »

  • Cash or Credit? Why Not Both? Part II

    By Victor Selva - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: COF, DFS, FLT

    Just in case you didn’t like the more traditional credit cards that I recommended in the first part of this article, here are some other, less well-known credit card companies that offer compelling investment opportunities. These are Fleetcor Technologies (NYSE: FLT), Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) and Capital One (NYSE: COF).

    Although some of them offer other services and products besides credit cards, this business still accounts for most more »

  • This Credit Card and Travel Company Still Has Growing To Do

    By Matthew Frankel - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS, WMT

    With the strong gains in financials so far this year, it may seem like the sector may be running out of gas. While this may be true for some companies, there are still bright spots to be found, and the truth is that the financial sector is still one of the cheapest in the market. One of my favorite companies in the space, and one that I still believe to 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 »

  • What’s in Your Portfolio?

    By Chad Henage - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, BAC, COF, DFS, JPM | Editor's Choice

    I know what you are thinking, and believe me, I find it hard to believe as well. However, I’ve been following many banks for a while, and I believe there is an argument to be made that Capital One (NYSE: COF) has the potential to be one of the best investments of the bunch. The fact that I didn’t really start following Capital One until last year might more »

  • Legg Mason's Latest Shakeups

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, AAPL, COF, JPM, TGT

    Legg Mason Capital is a publicly traded mutual fund, overseeing some $3.8 billion. The fund was founded by Ernie Kiehne and Bill Miller in the early 80s. Outlined below are some of the key takeaways and interesting moves that caught my attention in Legg Mason's recent SEC filing that revealed its public-equity holdings (see Legg's portfolio here).

    Dumping the duck

    Legg Mason sold off its entire stake more »

  • Why This Financial Company Offers Good Upside

    By Lee Samaha - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: COF, DFS, GS, WFC

    Textbooks will tell you that economies work in concert with some kind of ideal and consistent. Unfortunately, it never quite works out like that. In the financial sector in particular we have seen some unusual developments in recent years.

    On a historical basis the sector looks cheap, with many of the leading companies trading at below book value; however, we are living in uncertain times and the credit cycle is more »

  • What I Bought and Sold This Quarter

    By Lee Samaha - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: COF, CHKP, FAST, INTC, PPG

    I would rather forget last month. After nine months of gains, I hit a nasty double digit loss. In truth, this sort of thing was inevitable and the preceding months were as much a part of the process as last month was. The previous month’s write-up and links to others can be found here. I do this stuff because I happen to believe that anyone writing about investment should more »

  • Why You Should Keep an Eye on This Hedge Fund's Holdings

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AAPL, COF, LYB, URI

    According to its latest 13-F filling with the SEC, Castlerock Asset Management, run by Paul Tanico, has more than 50% of its 13F-attributable assets in basic materials and services stocks. Interestingly, only one of the top five stocks in the equity portfolio falls into this category. But one thing that is consistent with the investing strategy of Castlerock is to invest only in companies with a market cap of more more »

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