Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017


Wells Fargo Credit Card Applications Plunge 55%

Wells Fargo is having a hard time getting Americans to sign up for credit cards these days. Credit card applications at Wells Fargo plunged by 55% in February, the sharpest decline since the bank’s fake account scandal erupted last September. In addition, consumers opened 43% fewer checking accounts than a year ago and interactions with branch bankers fell by 21% in the same month.  

Unique program at Starbucks gives new meaning to “ordering on the go.” Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg


Starbucks Ramps Up Digital Plans, Especially Voice-Activated Ones

While Starbucks is ramping up its commitment to digital initiatives, one of its newest programs gives a new meaning to “ordering on the go.” Expanding the integration of Amazon Alexa in its Mobile Order & Pay platform, the coffee giant is now adding Ford vehicles to the mix. Later this year, Starbucks customers with a Ford car equipped with Sync 3 vehicle communications and entertainment system will be able to order Starbucks beverages by saying, “Alexa, ask Starbucks to start my order.” This is the newest example of Starbucks’ commitment to voice-enabled ordering. For example, in January, the chain introduced My Starbucks barista functionality, powered by artificial intelligence, a service that allows Starbucks Mobile App users to place their orders via voice command or messaging interface. Since its launch, the service is now available to more than 100,000 customers across the U.S.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: Owens Realty Mortgage, Inc.(ORM)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Markus Aarnio]

    Owens Realty Mortgage (ORM) is a real estate investment trust that invests in commercial real estate mortgage loans primarily in the Western U.S. The company specializes in loans that require speed and flexibility. Owens Realty Mortgage is externally managed and advised by Owens Financial Group.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: ConAgra Foods, Inc.(CAG)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.34 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.25, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    CONAGRA FOODS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CONAGRA FOODS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$1.49 versus $0.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.26 versus -$1.49).


     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Accenture Plc (NYSE: ACN) reported upbeat earnings for its second quarter. Five Below Inc (NASDAQ: FIVE) reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter and issued a strong earnings forecast. Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, CONAGRA FOODS INC’s return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: Kinder Morgan, Inc.(KMI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    Also note that Berkshire Hathaway has direct exposure to the US energy sector through its subsidiary Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which is a power company that also owns two interstate natural gas pipelines. Besides, Berkshire Hathaways stock portfolio also has some exposure to the energy sector. The company owns 80.7 million shares of Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), a major US-based refiner that is also expanding in the midstream space, valued at almost $7 billion. Phillips 66 represents more than 5% of Berkshire Hathaways stock portfolio. The conglomerate also owns 20 million shares of the pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), valued at $414.2 million. These energy companies are positioned to benefit from Donald Trumps pro-energy policies and de-regulation.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    TRC Capital made a mini-tender offer for Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) stock in late 2015. In that case, the firm offered to buy up to 4 million shares at a discount of around 4.5% to the closing price of the stock on the day the offer was announced.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Treehouse Foods (THS) , TG Therapeutics (TGTX) , Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Arconic (ARNC) .

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Shares of pipeline giant Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) got shellacked back in late 2015 and early 2016 as it cut its dividend to shore up its balance sheet and avoid a debt-rating downgrade to junk status. The dividend cut enabled it to internally fund much of its growth plan instead of relying so much on capital markets. By the end of 2017, thanks to that prudent financial management, it expects to have its debt rating comfortably back in the investment-grade range.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Other stocks that were net sold include ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI). Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) was also sold by clients after the electric vehicle maker saw its stock hit a new all-time high in the middle of the month.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) is one of the largest energy-infrastructure companies in North America, most of its assets are in the United States. However, an outsized portion of the company’s near-term growth is in Canada due to one major project. Given the size of the project, the company is currently looking at a range of financing options, which could lead it to get creative with its Canadian business.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: China Automotive Systems, Inc.(CAAS)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    China Automotive Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAAS) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $108.22 million.

    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.71 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    A good way to play this is by buying the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA), which tracks the Dow Industrials. We add that the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) would be a good bet as well.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    An easy way to profit from this bull market is to buy the ETFs that track these major averages – the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) and iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average ETF (IYT).

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Since the beginning of 2017, the NIFTY has outperformed both the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) and SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA), with each seeing respective increases of 12.6 percent, 6 percent and 4.9 percent.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Among utilities, National Grid (NGG) is my best pick for 2017, as it’s an almost perfect hedge against uncertainty. It’s insulated from changes in government interest rates. It can be both an inflation hedge and a play on a strong dollar.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Neha Chamaria]

    We asked three of our contributors to highlight a stock they see as a dividend stock to buy in February. They responded with automaker Ford Motors (NYSE:F), oil and gas logistics company Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and electricity transmission specialist National Grid (NYSE:NGG). Here’s a quick run-down as to why investors should take a look at these high-yield stocks.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    National Grid (NYSE:NGG) came out with some interesting information last week, saying 2.4 GW of distributed solar was added in the U.K. between February 2016 and February 2017 and another 1.5 GW is expected in the next year. The U.K. isn’t exactly a hotbed for solar activity, but it’s growing as an important market.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the utilities sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE: NGG) and Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: Tencent Holdings Ltd (700)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU), which sold a stake in its search unit to Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), advanced 11 percent for the week to $72.06. It retreated 5.9 percent Sept. 20. Tencent, Chinas biggest Internet company by market value, paid $448 million for a 36.5 percent stake in Sohus Sogou unit last week and merge its own search service with Sogou.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: Arc Wireless Solutions Inc.(ARCW)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Thursday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap manufacturing and 3D printing service provider ARC Group WorldWide (NASDAQ: ARCW) as a short trade:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc.(CJJD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap Chinese retail pharmacy stock China Jo-Jo Drugstores (NASDAQ: CJJD) as a bullish long trade:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2017: Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 0.3% on Monday to post a new 52-week low of $21.49 against a 52-week high of $31.36 and a Friday close of $21.55. Volume of about 3.8 million was 35% below the daily average of around 5.7 million. The company said on Friday that the company would sell some non-core assets.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 0.6% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $21.41 after closing at $21.53 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about a third the daily average of around 6 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) dropped about 1.2% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $21.44 after closing at $21.70 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.36. Volume was about half the daily average of around 2.6 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

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