Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now


This Monday, Feb. 20, all U.S. banks and financial markets will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day, perhaps giving investors a chance to consider impressive stock gains so far this year.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% Dow industrials DJIA, +0.02% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.41% all on record-setting runs of late, and are up between 4% to 8% in 2017.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc.(FRSH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap Take ‘N’ Bake pizza chain stock Papa Murphy’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRSH):

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Actuant Corporation(ATU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million.


    Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million. Actuant shares dropped 3.73 percent to close at $22.98 yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Heico Corporation(HEI)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Heico Corp (HEI) announced on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Lucix Corp, a manufacturer of military satellite, airborne, and ground systems.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HEI revealed that the acquisition could be completed within 60 days. The deal is expected to impact HEI’s earnings within the first year.

    Heico shares were up 67 cents, or 1.04%, during Thursday morning trading. The stock is up 46% YTD.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Heico Corp (NYSE: HEI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share.

    Exa Corp (NASDAQ: EXA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $16.68 million.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Level 3 Communications, Inc.(LVLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A rumored merger with CenturyLink (CTL) sent Level 3 Communications (LVLT) soaring to the top of the S&P 500 today.


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    Shares of Level 3 Communications climbed 11% to $51.87 today, even as the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,133.04. CenturyLink didn’t perform too badly, either: It gained 9.7% to $31.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After opening up 0.6% this morning, Level Three Communications (LVLT) jumped as much as 5.9% on reports that it was considering ways to increase shareholder value (nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?). Citigroup’s Michael Rollins and Neth Wiedemann offer their take:


    Online news source Benzinga recently tweeted that an industry source has told them Level 3 is “reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize holder value, including outright sale or large buyback”. Level 3 shares are up ~4% today after a ~3% move yesterday and shares are up ~10% over the past week. The company has not responded to the news, nor can we substantiate the speculation.

    Level 3 remains our top-pick within our coverage group given its growth, financial flexibility, valuation, and strategic optionality.Level 3 currently trades around ~10x our 2016 OIBDA estimate and ~11x our 2016 discretionary FCF estimate, which we believe is too cheap given its growth profile and deep strategic asset-mix of metro and long-haul fiber.


    We believe that Level 3′s extensive enterprise presence could be attractive for a cable player looking to move up-market and accelerate its investment from thesmall- to medium-sized businesses segment into the enterprise market. We also believe that Zayo Group Holdings (ZAYO) may be an attractive acquisition target for a cable company looking to accelerate an enterprise strategy. We also would not dismiss the possibility that Level 3 and Zayo could consider a merger scenario to become a larger competitor for the enterprise market against the incumbents AT&T (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ).


    Shares of Level 3 have gained 3.7% to $56.39 at 1:20 p.m. today, while Zayo Group Holdings has risen 1% to $28.78, AT&T has advanced 0.5% to $42.61, and Verizon Communications is up 0.7% to $55.87.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) was in advanced talks to merge with Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT). Back on July 13, Benzinga Pro reported Level 3 was reviewing strategic alternatives.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    I’ve said before that if I could only own one stock, it would have to be Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B).

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  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    While it’s technically not a pure insurance stock, that’s exactly why I suggest Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) for investors who want a piece of the insurance business.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Since the beginning of 2016, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) has seen the value of the seven bank stocks in its investment portfolio increase by $5.6 billion, or 10.8%.

Top Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Yahoo! Inc.(YHOO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yahoo! (YHOO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after the internet company reported another data breach,calling into question its merger with Verizon Communications (VZ).


    Yahoo!’s Sunnyvale, California campus. Yahoo! Inc.

    Yahoo!dropped 6.1% to $38.41 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,262.03. Verizon Communications advanced 0.4% to $51.82.

    Evercore ISI’s Ken Sena and team contend the impact from the hacking is already priced in:

    As news further breaks that Verizon could be looking to scrap its proposed $4.83bn acquisition of Yahoo over the latest account hack (this time over 1bn accounts), we are adding that our own checks on the matter suggest that Verizon still sees a strong fit for Yahoo within their digital strategy and Yahoo indicated that Verizon had advanced knowledge of the circumstances pertaining to the recent hacking incident. Now, whether Verizon can find a way to absolve themselves from the liability of the hack, or simply receive a pricing concession, remains less clear. Nevertheless, Yahoos core business represents only 10% of our Yahoo target price of $39. Therefore, assuming a 20% lower value on the core, we are talking a 2% reduction in Yahoo shares. Further, with a 5% sell-off today, which in part reflects weakness in broader China equities, we see the hacking news as priced in. Moreover, as we weigh this news against the potential for a more favorable tax-rate assumption aro und Yahoos 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA), given some of the President-Elects stated tax reform objectives, we do not see reason to lower our target price on Yahoo! further…Our $39 target price is unchanged.


    Yahoo!’s market capitalization fell to $36.7 billion today from $39 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $4.4 billion on sales of $5 billion in 2015.

  • [By Vikram Nagarkar]

    When you think of tech companies which rejected buyout offers, quite a few not so great stories come to mind. Starting with Yahoo (NSDQ:YHOO), whichrejectedMicrosoft’s (NSDQ:MSFT)$44.6 billion offer, to Groupon (NSDQ:GRPN), which shunned Google’s $6 billion buyout offer, many similar decisions have proven to be bad ones in hindsight. Snapchat is one of those few exceptions that have lived to tell the tale. At least for now. However, Facebookseems rather determined to leave no stone unturned in its fight against Snapchat.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    As much as traditional telecommunications is a poky business, VZ is making some interesting moves. Most famously it recently acquired the core properties of Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) to drive new revenue streams and position itself for the future. And a little further back, Verizon acquired AOL.

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