Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018


Congress usually reserves words like “tyranny,” “destructive,” and “dangerous” for condemning intolerant regimes in the Middle East and elsewhere.

But now those same terms are being used to call for the elimination of the federal consumer protection agency that has cracked down on big banks and shady payday lenders.

Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this week that denounced the “tyranny” of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the “zealots” who work at the regulator.


Inspired by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the CFPB was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law as a way to safeguard Americans from predatory lending that hurt many before the 2008 financial meltdown.

Warren recently told CNNMoney that the CFPB is doing its job of protecting “working families” from powerful financial institutions, which is precisely why big banks and the GOP “are so eager to strangle the agency.”

Wall Street hates the CFPB and Republicans says the bureau’s independence — it’s not funded by Congress and is run by a single director who doesn’t serve at the pleasure of the president — makes it a “rogue” agency.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Large Caps. Our E&P coverage is pricing in $61/bbl WTI and $3.30 gas, and with a lower crude forecast the group is looking less compelling. We argue names that continue to demonstrate resource improvement at the low-end of the cost curve, namely in the Permian and STACK remain attractive, such as Concho Resources (CXO), Devon Energy (DVN), Newfield Exploration (NFX) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD). Noble (NBL) remains a compelling value, though has yet to commit to an accelerated US onshore drilling program.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE: NFX), down 9 percent, and Parker Drilling Company (NYSE: PKD), down 14 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was an up-and-down day for the stock market, which lost substantial ground early in the day only to climb back toward the unchanged mark by the end of the session. A slight rise for the Dow Jones Industrials led to yet another record-high close, and although other major market benchmarks weren’t quite as lofty, they nevertheless finished with only modest losses on the day. Generally favorable news and sentiment helped the market bounce back during the day, but some stocks still finished lower. Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX), Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GBT), and Nautilus (NYSE:NLS) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Ballard Power Systems, Inc.(BLDP)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withsmall cap alternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last yearalong withsome increase this year:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report small cap fuel cell stock Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (March 2nd).Small cap alternative energy or fuel cellstocks have notlived up to their hype, but Ballard Power Systems has been busy announcing the following news:

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Simulations Plus, Inc.(SLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.88 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP), down 7 percent, and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP), down 7 percent.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Telenav Inc (NASDAQ: TNAV) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $8.15 after the company reported the settlement of patent lawsuit. The company projects Q2 revenue of $51 million to $52 million and loss of $0.30 per share to $0.28 per share.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sonic Corp.(SONC)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows more recent burger IPOs like small caps Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ: HABT) and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) underperforming while Red Robin Gourmet Burgers andSonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) have remained in positive territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of newcomers Shake Shack and California based IPO Habit Restaurants both underperforming or below their IPO close prices whilemore established small capburger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) were big outperformers up until more recently:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    After the market closed yesterday, small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscalQ2 2017 earnings with shares falling moderately in after hours trading as the top line missed and the bottom line met expectations. However, it appears analysts are zeroing in on the system same-store sales comps down 7.4% versus expectations for a fall of 4.3%. The decline was comprised of a7.3% same-store sales decline at franchise drive-ins and a decline of 8.9% at company drive-ins.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small caps Habit Restaurants and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) below their IPO prices while more established burger stocks Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc (NASDAQ: RRGB) and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC)have seen their performance drift downward last year or the year before:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap burger stock Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ: SONC) reported fiscal Q3 2017 earnings after the market closed yesterday with earnings exceeding Wall Street expectations. GAAP revenue was $123.990 million versus $165.239 million as system same-store sales declined 1.2% consisting of a 1.1% same-store sales decrease at franchise drive-ins and a 3.2% decrease at company drive-ins. Net income totaled $18.8 million versus net income of $15.4 million. The Chairman/CEO commented:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Following a strong end to last week as the Federal Reserve decided to increase interest rates, the stock market was mostly flat on Monday, with major indexes waffling between positive and negative territory throughout the day. Still, a few stocks left investors reeling today, includingAlphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS), and Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC).Let’s take a closer look at what drove these declines.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Coherus BioSciences, Inc.(CHRS)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today,Coherus BioSciences (CHRS) lost a patent case with AbbVie (ABBV) that would have allowed for a generic version of Humira. Citigroup’s Andrew Baum and Peter Verdult have the details:

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    The Patent Trial and Appeal Boardjust announced that CHRSs IPR on the 166 Humira formulation patent was not instituted. We remind investors that Amgens IPR on the same 157 and 158 formulation patents were also not instituted. Any at risk launch on a formulation that potentially infringes 166, 157 or 158 would seem unlikely and carries a high risk thatAbbVie would attain a preliminary injunction. It is not clear whether either company could attempt launch with a formulation that does not infringe the patent estate. We note that Sandoz has uniquely not filed any IPR on any biosimilars. Sandoz has not announced the FDA has accepted their filing for their biosimilar adalimumab…We anticipate that the perceived historic relationship of the immunogenicity of Humira as it relates to dose stretching will form a key debate in the ongoing PTAB case…


    Following the decision of the PTAB not to institute CHRS IPR on the 166 Humira formulation patent, we continue to anticipate that first likely launch of biosimilar adalimumab (Humira) in the US will be delayed until 2020, in line with our published forecasts and biosimilar model. We anticipate the open IPR hearings for the 135 dosing patent on Humira (filed by Boehringer and Coherus) to begin in Feb 2017 with the ruling in May. We rateAbbVie a Buy. We continue to prefer BUY rated Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) among the US names.

    Shares of AbbVie have climbed 5.6% to $59.18 at 3:05 p.m. today, while Coherus BioSciences has tumbled 11% to $25.18,Bristol-Myers Squibb has gained 3% to $52.56, andEli Lilly has risen 1.7% to $73.70.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) shares rose 18.4 percent to $68.65 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares rose 9.5 percent to $111.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba. Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) rose 9.8 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading. Coherus BioSciences disclosed that it prevailed in ‘135 IPR decision. Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) rose 8.1 percent to $21.49 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results. Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP) shares rose 7.9 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.33 percent on Tuesday Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares rose 7.5 percent to $58.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE: AU) rose 4.3 percent to $11.71 in pre-market trading after falling 0.09 percent on Tuesday. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) rose 4.1 percent to $74.53 in pre-market trading after the NY Post reported that the company might be up for sale for $100 per share. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 4 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after declining 1.74 percent on Tuesday. Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) rose 3.6 percent to $109.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.39 percent on Tuesday. Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS) rose 3.2 percent to $51.15 in pre-market trading. JP Morgan upgraded Clovis Oncology from Neutral to Overweight.

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Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Gibraltar Industries, Inc.(ROCK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares fell by 0.82 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ: ROCK), down 9 percent, and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AUY), down 9 percent.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Pacific Ethanol Inc.(PEIX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ: PEIX) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $5.47 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: DSP Group Inc.(DSPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Technology shares rose by 2 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), and DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG).

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: CVR Partners LP(UAN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares declined by 1.82 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CVR Partners LP (NYSE: UAN), down 10 percent, and Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE: RFP), down 9 percent.

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    Enter CVR Partners LP (NYSE: UAN), the only company in the US to produce fertilizer from petroleum coke (petcoke). Petcoke is a byproduct of petroleum refining, and prices are usually set off coal prices, since these two products compete in the same niche. Thus the same dynamics that currently threaten the distributions of Rentech Nitrogen Partners and Terra Nitrogen Company play in CVR Partners’ favor.

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