Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now


Tom Gentile

As I’m sure you’re well aware, the Fed raised interest rates by one quarter point yesterday, stating that the economy is doing well.

Now this decision is certainly good news for Wall Street and the big banks, as they’ve been wanting higher interest rates for some time. But Yellen forgot about (or neglected) one particular industry that was already at risk.

It makes up one of the largest markets in the world and employs over 1.7 million people in the United States alone. And if the Fed raises rates again, as I predict they will…


This could be the next “bubble” to burst.

How Big Banks Are Using the Fed to “Keep Up With the Joneses”

Whether it’s for status, safety, or reliability, people are always looking for newer and better cars to drive. But most people typically don’t walk into a dealership and put down a stack of cash for their vehicle of choice – so they finance their cars. The problem is, not everyone can get appro val for the amount they need (if at all)… which is where subprime auto loans come into play.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: MPLX LP(MPLX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Lastly, Citi says Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) remain Buy rated the heels of benefits derived from strong product demand and the NGL recovery.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh and team explain what they got wrong about Marathon Petroleum (MPC), as they cut its rating to Neutral from Overweight following yesterday’s disastrous financial results from MPLX (MPLX):

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Imprivata, Inc.(IMPR)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Imprivata Inc (NYSE: IMPR) got a boost, shooting up 31 percent to $19.01 as the company reached a definitive deal to be bought by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm, for $544 million

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ishares Trust Dj Us Financial (IYF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Investors looking to set up a pair trade to capitalize on the divergent paths of U.S. and European banks should consider going long the iShares Dow Jones US Financial (ETF) (NYSE: IYF) and short the Ishares MSCI Europe Fincls Sctr Indx Fd (NASDAQ: EUFN).

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has dropped 3.5% to $54.16 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Morgan Stanley (MS) has risen 1.1% to $42.95 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The market is treating Chipotle as if it is an Amazon, Tesla, Apple or Google, when in fact all they do is make burritos. With the money it would cost you to buy Chipotle today @ $14 billion dollars you could buy Wendy’s (WEN), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Papa John’s International (PZZA), and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN). Chipotle would need to generate at least $24 in earnings per share in order to justify the current market cap — they are not even expected to generate half of that next year. Chipotle is expected to report Q1 on April 25 and the market, in my opinion, has already more than priced in good news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/h ow do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.

Best Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: National Health Investors, Inc.(NHI)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    National Health Investors Inc (NYSE: NHI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.17 per share on revenue of $57.82 million.

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.B) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.75 per share.

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