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  • Banks Have Their Eyes Set on the Future

    By Federico Zaldua - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: C, GS, JPM

    Bank results are a good proxy of what might be happening in the economy. Signs of an economy that is improving such as more M&A deals, more loans and fewer defaults are also the drivers of much better top and bottom line results at banking institutions. Here I will analyze the last earning results of three key U.S. banks and set some insights about the future.

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  • Wells Fargo Gets the Short End of the Stick

    By Alexander Cho - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    Most of Wells Fargo’s (NYSE: WFC) business activities are based around lending and fee-based activities on the small business and consumer level. This is significant, as Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the United States with 9,000 locations.

    Earning highlights

    The bank made virtually no headway in its most recent earnings report in terms of revenue. It reported flat revenues, with no year-over-year revenue growth more »

  • Buy Stocks at All-Time Highs

    By Alexander Cho - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: C, TIP, MSFT, SPY

    Is it time to chase stocks as they reach ever higher valuations? The stock market has reached new all-time highs, driven by stronger macroeconomic indicators paired with accommodative monetary policy.

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    For the most part, investors are optimistic and are willing to chase the Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs. The optimism in stocks is primarily driven by falling costs (process-driven improvements), favorable macroeconomic more »

  • This High Quality Bank Is Still a Buy at All-time Highs

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, WFC

    Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is on a tear lately; the stock has risen by more than 25% in the last year, and is now trading at new historical highs after reporting better than expected earnings last week. This doesn´t mean it´s too late to invest in the company though. This high quality institution has plenty of room to run in the long term.

    Winners keep on winning

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  • These 3 Banking Giants Cannot Be Stopped!

    By Bob Ciura - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    Although sometimes it may not seem to be true, the global economy continues its steady recovery from the devastating effects of the recent financial crisis. In the United States, the labor and housing markets are starting to heal and finally return to more normal states.

    This has obviously been great news for America’s biggest banks, whose profits and share prices have risen from the ashes along with the broader more »

  • Which Megabanks Are Good for Investors Now?

    By Anh HOANG - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    Since the beginning of the year, Citigroup (NYSE: C) has beaten the performance of the overall stock market. It has gained more than 30.80%, much higher than the S&P 500’s return of only 17.95%.

    Recently, the bank has also delivered impressive second quarter 2013 earnings results. Citigroup is in the portfolios of many famous investors including Mohnish Pabrai, Julian Robertson, Jim Chanos and Leon Cooperman.

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  • Which Large Bank Is the Best?

    By Brian Nichols - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, WFC

    When you think of dominant banks, the names that automatically come to mind are Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), Citigroup (NYSE: C), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). The problem is that most investors categorize these banks together in a generalized sense. Hence, I am looking at these four banks -- identifying what makes each unique -- you as an investor can then determine the best for your portfolio more »

  • First Republic Bank: The Rising Star in the Banking Industry

    By usman iftikhar - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, FRC, USB

    At the moment, banks may be one of the best opportunities for investors. During the post-crisis period, banks have delivered the worst worldwide shareholder returns out of all industries. Though many banks are back on track, their prices are still depressed due to shattered investor confidence. This undervaluation could provide investors with a great opportunity to earn a higher return as the banking sector revives.

    Regulatory reforms

    Banks are highly more »

  • Hedge Fund Manager Philippe Jabre’s Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, C, DELL, GE, WFC

    We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds, including Philippe Jabre’s Jabre Capital Partners, as part of our work researching investment strategies; we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds outperform the S&P 500 by an average of 18 percentage points per year (learn more about our small cap strategy).

    We also like to track activity from individual funds more »

  • Tiger Cub John Griffin’s High Upside Potential Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, C, LBTYA, OC, WYN

    We can screen stocks for “upside potential” through the PEG ratio, which takes into account both a stock’s price-to-earnings multiple and analyst expectations for future growth (we emphasize that this is only a measure of upside potential because analyst forecasts aren’t always correct). Since we at Insider Monkey track 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds as part of our work researching investment strategies, we can also look more »

  • Can This Bank Win Back America?

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is perhaps one of the most interesting stories facing investors today. While on the one hand there are a slew of people who believe the bank is full of rotten scoundrels that are only interested in ripping people off, many others say much of the thievery that led up to the global recession was driven largely driven by the company's subsidiary Countrywide Financial. Of more »

  • Citigroup Ponies up $968 Million to Fannie Mae, What’s Next?

    By Kyle Colona - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: C, FNMA, FMCC

    Citigroup (NYSE: C) announced another multi-million dollar settlement with Fannie Mae (NASDAQOTCBB: FNMA) over ongoing mortgage claims.

    The too big to fail banking behemoth will fork over $968 million to cover pre-existing loans and any potential future claims on loans originated and sold to Fannie Mae between 2000 and 2012.

    Head honcho of CitiMortgage, Jane Frazier reportedly said, “We have a strong and productive relationship with Fannie Mae.”

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  • Billionaire George Soros’s Long-Term Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AGRO, C, GOOG, MSI, VC

    In addition to using our database of quarterly 13F filings from hedge funds and other notable investors as a tool in researching investment strategies (the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds generate an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year), we can also use it to track individual filers over time and identify stocks which they have owned for multiple quarters or even years.

    In this more »

  • Two Banks to Buy, One to Avoid

    By Red Chip - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    Since the 2008 economic crisis, the Federal Reserve has taken steps to reduce the volatility in interest rates in order to boost the economy and to reduce unemployment. Generally, rising bond yields suggest the economy is booming, with a higher demand for loans.

    The banking industry is highly dependent on interest rates as a source of income and net interest margin is a banks’ primary driver of earnings. Therefore, rising more »

  • Are Big Banks Becoming Utilities?

    By Varun Chandan - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM

    Earlier this week, Federal Reserve officials unanimously voted to adopt Basel III capital rules for U.S. banks. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, U.S. banks will have to hold more capital. However, the Fed is looking to go a step further by introducing more measures to strengthen the U.S. banking system. If the Fed goes ahead with its plans, then the move could have major implications for big U more »

  • Four Reasons to Buy Citigroup and Sell JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs

    By John Macris - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: C, GS, JPM

    ‘Rotation’ is a commonly-used term among investment professionals, and one that may draw your attention in the quest for stock market success.

    In the world of stocks, rotation often takes place between market sectors. For example, investors often rotate away from consumer staples such as Dollar General in favor of consumer discretionary stocks such as Nike in a recovering economy.

    Rotation can also take place within a sector.

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  • Banking on Banks Amid Higher Rates

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: C, DFS, WFC

    Over the last couple of weeks, interest rates across the bond market have rising fairly drastically as a result of fears concerning tighter monetary policy. While at this time its not clear if the rise is justified, I have been looking for select companies that would benefit from rising rates. I've come across many financial names as you would imagine. In this article I would like to take look more »

  • Bearish Signs for Citigroup

    By Red Chip - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM

    A decision by the Federal Reserve to wind up the QE program by the mid-2014 means a rise in interest rates.On the other hand, regulators are now pressing banks to tie in more capital in order to protect them from the crisis. Also, the strengthening of the dollar against the emerging currency could have an impact on banks having international presence in different ways. There are a few banks more »

  • What Do Billionaires Kovner and Bacon See in This Financial Stock?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, GS, JPM, MS

    We maintain a database of quarterly 13F filings from hedge funds and other notable investors for a variety of purposes. One of our activities is the development of workable investing strategies, and we’ve actually discovered that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds generate an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year (learn more about our small cap strategy). We also like to evaluate large more »

  • Is Bank of America a Good Investment?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, GS

    The financial crisis of 2008 still haunts investors, especially pertaining to mortgage-backed securities. However, more recently, the banking industry has experienced an upward trend with the push coming mainly from large banks. The trend seems to be global as emerging markets such as India and China follow similar trends.

    From an investor's point of view, now would be a good time to pick up banking stocks. It is always more »

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