Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now


Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) is an investor and the business partner of the world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), but he is also among the rarified group that cleaned up during the financial crisis. The fountain of wit, wisdom and ice-cold discipline got into the market at its most despairing and quietly made a small fortune, primarily on banks, which he still owns nearly a decade later. With the rally in financials in recent months, Munger has three that continue to thrive.


Munger’s move into stocks began in 2009 after keeping most of the investment funds of his company, Daily Journal (DJCO), in cash and U.S. Treasurys. Initially, he sold most of the Treasurys earning nominal interest to buy $15.5 million in stocks of two Fortune 200 companies, saying he “took advantage of near-panic selling in the stock market.” By September 2010, the unnamed stocks had provided a $9.30 million gain.

By 2010, the stocks w ere worth $43.05 million. In 2011, Munger deployed $11.15 million to buy more common stocks, and his cost basis of $20.96 million had grown to a value of $52.46 million. In 2012, Munger sold more U.S. Treasury Bills to drop $18.11 million on common stocks, revealing in his annual report that they were again of two Fortune 200 companies, as well as of two foreign manufacturing companies. At the end of the fiscal year, Munger’s $44.76 million investment in common stocks was worth $94.06 million.

Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Conn's, Inc.(CONN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Conn’s Inc. (NASDAQ: CONN) will share its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.07 per share and $413.12 million in revenue. Shares were at $6.84 on Fridays close, in a 52-week range of $6.54 to $34.60. The consensus price target is $13.17.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Best Buy Co now outperforming potential peersactive in electronics retailing such asmid capAaron’s, Inc (NYSE: AAN)and small cap CONN’S, Inc (NASDAQ: CONN):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Electronics Stores: This industry moved up 1.16% by 10:15 am. The top performer in this industry was Conns (NASDAQ: CONN), which gained 1.3%. Conns’ PEG ratio is 0.87.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Conn's Inc (NASDAQ: CONN) shares were also up, gaining 32 percent to $11.18 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter.

Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: TRC Companies Inc.(TRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $7.53. TRC posted Q4 earnings of $0.20 per share on revenue of $132.3 million.

Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Endologix, Inc.(ELGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) shares dropped 23 percent to $7.59 as the company issued an update on Nellix PMA process. Endologix disclosed that the FDA has requested the company to provide a two-year patient follow-up data from the EVAS-FORWARD IDE study of Nellix System.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Endologix Inc. (NASDAQ: ELGX) dropped about 9.3% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.78 against a 52-week high of $14.50 and a Tuesday close of $5.27. Volume of about 6 million was more than 3 times the daily average of around 1.7 million. The company on Tuesday announced a temporary shipping hold on its best-selling heart device, saying there was a manufacturing issue.

Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: NetApp Inc.(NTAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    Tech Wealth Gem No. 3
    The First Trust Cloud Computing ETF (Nasdaq: SKYY) is after a massive market. According to Statista.com, cloud computing has grown at a 16% yearly clip in the past five years. And Gartner Group says that $111 billion in tech spending was earmarked for the cloud in 2016 – a number that will hit $216 billion by 2020. Its holdings include Amazon, NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), and Netflix.com Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). Trading at just $38, SKYY has a 0.6% expense ratio. Last year, the fund gained nearly 20%; it’s up 7.4% since we first looked at it earlier this year, and it’s averaged profits of 15.4% over the past five years.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) from Neutral to Overweight and raised the price target from $37.00 to $46.00.

    NetApp shares rose 0.33 percent to close at $39.58 on Monday.

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Top Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.(MKTX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    MarketAxessHoldings (NASDAQ:MKTX)reported first-quarter results on April 26. The electronic trading platform is enjoying strong gains in revenue and profits as it continues to take share of the massive global fixed-income market.

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