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  • Citigroup: Are Big Banks Still Making Money?

    By Neha Gupta - August 27, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, BOFI, C, EVER, WFC

    Big banks aren’t popular with investors or the general public these days. There are even some analysts that claim online organizations such as Bank of Internet (NASDAQ: BOFI) are the future of banking. Yet some traditional banks are doing really well even in the face of public anger.

    Free Cash Flow Proves Brick and Mortar Banks can Still Compete Citigroup (NYSE: C) is definitely among them; the giant New more »

  • This Bank Just Can't Stay Out of Trouble

    By Bob Ciura - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, JPM, WFC

    It’s been almost five years since Lehman Brothers, then the nation’s fourth biggest investment bank, filed for bankruptcy. Most investors know all too well what happened next: a financial crisis unlike any other since the Great Depression that brought the global financial system to its knees.

    Since then, the U.S. economy and financial system have steadily healed. Many of the nation’s financial institutions are lending again more »

  • Invest Like Warren Buffett: 3 Picks From Berkshire's Portfolio

    By Jason Bond - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: PG, WMT, WFC

    Warren Buffett is the world's most successful investor. If you had invested $10,000 with Buffett in Berkshire Hathaway in 1965, you would have $60 million today.

    Despite the eye-popping returns, Buffett uses relatively simple criteria to base his investment decisions. He looks for companies with sustainable competitive advantages, and stable, predictable income streams. Here are three companies that meet his criteria and also that Buffett loves.

    The staid more »

  • Is It Time To Take Some Profits On Bank Of The Ozarks?

    By joshua kubiak - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: OZRK, CFFI, WFC

    It's undeniable that Bank of The Ozarks (NASDAQ: OZRK) is one of the best and most profitable regional bank's in the U.S. but, shares are right now being valued at over three times tangible book value when most other's are at only half that.  A thought that resonates even more when coupled with the fact that management has been regular sellers over the last six months more »

  • McDonald's and Burger King Due for a Comeback

    By Alexander Cho - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SPG, BK, MAC, WFC

    Some have speculated as to whether restaurants are able to grow at faster rates in the United States, some debate the quality of the eating experience, or changes in customer preference. However, I think that it’s a premature idea to think that because certain fast-food chains aren’t growing at the rates we want them to, that they’re somehow doing something wrong.

    McDonald’s and Burger King

    I more »

  • The Financial Regulators of Tomorrow

    By Gaurav Seetharam - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, WFC

    One of the natural by-products of the 2008 financial collapse was a reassessment of how we regulate our biggest banks. To me, the LIBOR scandal perfectly summarized the biggest problem that we face when confronting the issue of financial regulation. Yes, I know it happened across the pond and therefore falls outside the purview of American regulators, but Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), JP Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), and Citibank more »

  • Mortgage Risk, Mor(e)tgage Profits

    By Ryan Gilbert - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, MTG, WFC

    On Tuesday, August 7th, President Obama announced a winding-down of the government-backed mortgage finance system to give the private finance sector more control over the debt. Whereas 90% of all mortgages are financed by Fannie and Freddie right now, there's a movement to put more risk on creditors. 

    And despite mortgage demand, many big banks aren't buying into mortgage debt anymore. As a result, mortgage rates are skyrocketing more »

  • A Closer Look at Berkshire Hathaway's Second-Quarter Results

    By Anh HOANG - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, KO, WFC

    Warren Buffett could be considered the greatest investor of all time. Nobody could beat him when it comes to investing results. Under his leadership and his capital allocation talent, Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) operating performance has kept growing, leading to magnificent share price growth, from only $15 per share in 1965 to $176,500 per share at the time of writing, marking an incredible annualized gain of 21.5 more »

  • Increased Regulation Harms Big Bank Bottom-Lines and You

    By Marie Palumbo - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: JPM, USB, WFC

    The government’s strict regulation of banks provides both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, regulation helps prevent corrupt practices that undercut honest banks and take advantage of customers. On the other hand, such regulation dramatically increase banks’ expenses. Increased expenses harm banks through decreased profits, and more regulation harms customers when prices increase.

    Here are two ways that regulation is shaking up the banking sector.

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  • What the Future Holds for Citigroup

    By Tanya Kanodia - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    Citigroup (NYSE: C) is a large financial services company offering services like corporate banking, investment banking, retail brokerage and cash management to clients across the globe.

    The stock has gone through a lot of turbulence over the last year, finally managing to end on a high note, up 40% for 2012. The company has performed decently in the past quarter. However, there are apprehensions in the market regarding the future more »

  • A Simple Way to Value Banks

    By Ted Cooper - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, WFC

    Banks are notoriously difficult to value. They are so different from non-financial companies that many investors decide to ignore the industry altogether. However, doing so may keep investors from seeing some of the better opportunities the market has to offer.

    Instead of building a complex earnings model using the reams of data provided in a bank's 10-Ks, long-term investors can get away with using a handy shortcut. Since the more »

  • Why You Should Still Consider Bank of America

    By Chris Johnson - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, JPM, WFC

    Over the past month, all 10 sectors on the S&P 500 have ridden the wave of a rising market higher. But with a 6.7% gain, the financial sector has been one of the best performers as a group. For Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) specifically, investors have toughed out a 360-degree turnaround of the stock. 

    After shooting up 145% from its low of $4.99 on Dec. 19 more »

  • What Warren Buffett Is Buying and What I am Buying

    By Ryan Peckyno - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: IBM, WMT, WFC

    As many already know, Warren Buffett has a portfolio that is widely watched and imitated by expert and novice investors alike.  After all, he is worth an estimated $46 billion according to Forbes, making him one of the most successful investors ever. But is his value investing strategy still relevant?  Or are there better strategies?  What stocks does he currently own, and how are they likely to perform over the more »
  • Banking On, Well, Banking

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, WFC

    One of the great turnaround stories that's still taking shape is Citigroup (NYSE: C). With all the talk surrounding the mixed results of the housing market and the auto industry in full-fledged rebound mode, much of the spotlight has been taken off the financials. I plan to re-aim this spotlight.  

    Before the financial crisis, Citi traded at a premium to both JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and Bank of America more »

  • Go Long With These Big League Banks

    By Marie Palumbo - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, WFC

    The 2013 MLB All-Star Game was held on July 16, 2013. For a few days culminating in one epic night, the best players in the league came together to compete. While having an All-Star track record doesn't translate directly into future success, the more notorious players have many advantages that help increase its occurrence.

    Just as in baseball, some of the biggest players in the banking industry have consistently more »

  • Federal Regulators and the Banking Sector

    By Kyle Colona - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: C, JPM, UBS, WFC

    U.S. Federal Regulators continue to hit the money center banks with steep fines and penalties and investors should take note. The latest news concerns settlements between the money center banks and an array of federal regulators and agencies.

    FHFA Settles with UBS

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced an $885 million accord with UBS (NYSE: UBS) last week. The big more »

  • Three High Quality Leaders With Strong Dividend Growth Prospects

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, MCD, WFC

    Industry leaders with indestructible competitive strengths are the way to go when searching for companies providing soundness and reliability for your portfolio. Add a growing dividend to the equation, and things become even more interesting for investors: cash flow distributions provide not only regular income, but also transparency on the company´s fundamental quality.

    Wells Fargo

    When it comes to the big U.S. banks, no other company has the more »

  • Three Cheap Stocks You Can Buy Now

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: NOV, SAI, WFC

    In this market, it is becoming hard to find companies that are undervalued. In particular, with the market reaching all-times highs, valuations are becoming somewhat distorted and value is becoming more and more hidden.

    However, there is one valuation method that gives a good indication of how the stock is valued compared to the whole market and risk-free bonds, allowing for a more comprehensive evaluation.

    A company's earnings yield more »

  • How the Numbers Behind the Numbers Tell the Real Story For These Banks

    By Harriet Tramer - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, JPM, WFC

    When you study banks' business operations – the dollars they have under management, etc. - the zeros just keep coming to the point where they are mind boggling. But does that necessarily mean large banks have the heft to handle any challenges they might encounter? Are they a good choice for investors?

    Well, at least in the cases of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPMmore »)

  • The Goldman Gold Rush Pt. 2

    By Ryan Gilbert - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: GS, WFC

    I recently wrote about Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) and their potential for big future profits given the current economic climate. The stock closed at $163 flat before the July 16 earnings call. Since then, Goldman Sachs has surged 2%. More investors bought into the dinosaur-esque investment bank after it beat analyst estimates.

    In the article, I also wrote about the success of Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) in Q2 more »

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