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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now

Shares of PNB Housing Finance gained over a percent in the morning trade as investors digested its fundraising plans.

The stock has touched an intraday high of Rs 1,227.35 and an intraday low of Rs 1,215.00.

The lender on Tuesday said that it plans to raise up to Rs 10,000 crore by issuing bonds through public issue. The board of directors of the company in a meeting approved the proposal of raising of funds by way of public issue of secured and /or unsecured non-convertible debentures for an amount up to Rs 10,000 crore, PNB Housing Finance said in a regulatory filing.

The company said the money will be raised in one or more tranches.

It is promoted by state-owned Punjab National Bank, which holds 32.96 percent in the housing finance subsidiary.

The rest of 67.04 percent is owned by institutional investors, including mutual funds, venture capital funds, foreign portfolio investors; financial institutions and banks; individuals and foreign companies.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) (TSE:CM) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, May 23rd, Zacks reports. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 28th will be paid a dividend of 1.036 per share by the bank on Friday, July 27th. This represents a $4.14 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.63%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 27th.

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    The Euro has plunged to its lowest point against the U.S. dollar in 2018 thanks to political problems in Europe. The breakdown of power in Italy has raised new concerns about the nations ability to repay its debts, as the spread between German and Italian bonds has widened. Market instability has also spread to Spain where the nations parliament is preparing to vote on whether to oust Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his party. Oil prices slid one news that OPEC and Russia will consider hikes in production during a meeting in Vienna, Austria on June 22nd. The news accompanied reports that U.S. production is expected to rise throughout the summer. The price of WTI oil sat at $67.20 per barrel. The Brent crude oil price recovered this morning, adding 1% to hit $76.12. Canadian banks are under pressure this morning over a major breach by cyber criminals. The Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) the two largest banking institutions in the country announced that roughly 90,000 customers data may have been stolen. This would be the first major cybersecurity event to happen in Canada involving financial firms.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: CRM, SBUX, MOMO
    com (NYSE: CRM) will lead a busy day of earnings reports on Wall Street. The cloud computing giant is set to report fiscal first quarter 2019 numbers after the bell on Tuesday. The average analyst projection calls for a 46% jump in EPS of $0.46 on top of a 23% gain in revenue to $2.94 billion. Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) will temporarily close about 8,000 locations on Tuesday to train roughly 175,000 employees on racial bias. The training sessions were

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE: CM) recently:

    6/6/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a C$130.00 price target on the stock, up previously from C$125.00. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was downgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating. They now have a C$124.00 price target on the stock, down previously from C$136.00. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had its price target lowered by analysts at Scotiabank from C$131.00 to C$127.00. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had its price target lowered by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from C$141.00 to C$135.00. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was given a new C$140.00 price target on by analysts at Eight Capital. 5/24/2018 – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from C$133.00 to C$138.00.

    CM traded up C$0.59 on Wednesday, reaching C$115.86. 987,570 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,290,708. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has a fifty-two week low of C$103.84 and a fifty-two week high of C$124.37.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $16.50 billion.
    Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $1.48 billion.
    Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.25 per share on revenue of $17.63 billion.
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $957.49 million.
    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.23 per share on revenue of $3.40 billion.
    Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.9 per share on revenue of $210.70 million.
    Qiwi plc (NASDAQ: QIWI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.25 per share on revenue of $60.19 million.
    iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited (NASDAQ: ICLK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $34.87 million.

     

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of PATRIOT FINANCIAL PARTNERS GP, LPBanc of California Inc (BANC) – 2,850,564 shares, 32.49% of the total portfolio. Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH) – 397,069 shares, 25.6% of the total portfolio. Guaranty Bancorp (GBNK) – 1,391,767 shares, 23.3% of the total portfolio. MBT Financial Corp (MBTF) – 2,060,302 shares, 13.08% of the total portfolio. Sterling Bancorp (STL) – 323,980 shares, 4.31% of the total portfolio.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ:PBIB) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Porter Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.3359026173577 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Old Second Bancorp Inc.(OSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    At Home Group (NYSE:HOME) issued an update on its second quarter earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $0.32-0.33 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $0.28. The company issued revenue guidance of $284-287 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $283.98 million.At Home Group also updated its FY19 guidance to $1.25-1.30 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: “Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect At Home (HOME) Stock Price” was published by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this piece on another site, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of U.S. and international trademark & copyright legislation. The correct version of this piece can be read at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3356638/positive-news-coverage-somewhat-unlikely-to-affect-at-home-home-stock-price.html.

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    Real Money columnist Robert Lang says that while retail “has certainly had its challenges over the past couple of years, between difficulties in the mall and then the big gorilla in the room, Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) …there are a handful of names that continue to perform well, one of those is At Home Group (HOME) .

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE:HOME) are plunging, down by nearly 12% as of 3:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday as investors try to handicap the winners and losers in a developing U.S.-China trade war.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greenlight Capital Re (NASDAQ:GLRE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, April 30th. The financial services provider reported ($3.85) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($4.43) by $0.58. Greenlight Capital Re had a negative return on equity of 23.81% and a negative net margin of 40.65%. The firm had revenue of $0.14 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $30.20 million. sell-side analysts forecast that Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. will post -4.2 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) hit a new 52-week low on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $14.05 and last traded at $14.15, with a volume of 249308 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $14.65.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities, and today’s blog post is a great place to start.

After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 82 big blue chips.

Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company Ltd.(SHI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Press coverage about Shanghai Petrochemical (NYSE:SHI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Shanghai Petrochemical earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 44.8127005121821 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shanghai Petrochemical (NYSE: SHI) and Eastman Chemical (NYSE:EMN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: First Horizon National Corporation(FHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer also sat down with Bryan Jordan, chairman, president and CEO of First Horizon National (FHN) , the Tennessee-based regional bank that just posted a three-cents-a-share earnings beat with net interest margins up 52 basis points.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on First Horizon National (FHN)

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Point72 Asset Management L.P. cut its stake in First Horizon National Corp (NYSE:FHN) by 36.6% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 520,209 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 300,391 shares during the period. Point72 Asset Management L.P.’s holdings in First Horizon National were worth $9,796,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: I.D. Systems, Inc.(IDSY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    xG Technology (NASDAQ: XGTI) and I.D. Systems (NASDAQ:IDSY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on I.D. Systems (IDSY)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    I.D. Systems (NASDAQ: IDSY) and Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ING Group, N.V.(ING)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ING Groep (NYSE: ING) and GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Iungo (CURRENCY:ING) traded down 8.3% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM Eastern on June 10th. Iungo has a market capitalization of $2.67 million and approximately $190,723.00 worth of Iungo was traded on exchanges in the last day. One Iungo token can now be purchased for about $0.0667 or 0.00000916 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including YoBit, IDEX and Kucoin. Over the last week, Iungo has traded 17.7% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Banco Macro SA ADR Class B (NYSE: BMA) and ING Groep (NYSE:ING) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Markets are cheering a major development in efforts to fix the ongoing trade conflict between the United States and China. According to Reuters, Chinese telecom giant ZTE has signed an agreement to get back into business with its American partners. The agreement will lift a ban by the U.S. Commerce Department that prevented China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment from buying from U.S. suppliers. This is a major development, and one that signals progress among trade officials from both nations. There are now more job openings in the United States than available workers. This is the first time that the Department of Labor has documented this phenomenon. There are 6.7 million openings compared to the 6.4 million workers available to fill those positions. As a result, U.S. companies have been forced to increase compensation in order to attract talent. All of the positive economic development could come to a screeching halt should the U.S. experience the largest labor strike in a decade. Reports indicate that the Teamsters and the United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) are on a collision course that could result in a general strike. The union has announced that 260,000 UPS employees have authorized a strike should both sides fail to reach a labor deal by August 1. UPS is responsible for the transport of 6% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TSLA, NOG, WFC
    Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) investors remain committed to giving Chairman Elon Musk more of their money. On Tuesday, shareholders struck down proposals that would have removed Musk from the chairman role and shaken up the board of directors. Both proposals failed. At the same shareholder event, Musk announced plans for Tesla to open a production facility in Shanghai and projected that his firm will likely produce 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June. In deal news, defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOG) has won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase rocket moto

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Algert Global LLC bought a new stake in shares of United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor bought 26,469 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,137,000.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Earnest Partners LLC increased its holdings in shares of United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) by 2.7% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 1,768,903 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 47,060 shares during the period. Earnest Partners LLC owned 3.51% of United Natural Foods worth $75,957,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    As for individual stocks, fresh earnings news left shares of Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) and United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) moving in opposite directions.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) had its price target lowered by Wells Fargo & Co from $50.00 to $45.00 in a research report report published on Thursday. The firm currently has a market perform rating on the stock.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    Last week, United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) shares fell more than 14% in the trading session following the company’s June 6 release of fiscal third-quarter 2018 earnings, largely on investor concerns over gross margin. The stock has recouped only a couple of percentage points to date.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: priceline.com Incorporated(PCLN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Will Target (NYSE: TGT) get its mojo back, or will shoppers flock to Walmart (NYSE: WMT)? Which travel agent books more snow ski trips this season, Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) or Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN)? Which video game console emerges on top, Microsoft’s Xbox or Nintendo’s Switch?

  • [By Jack Delaney]

    For example, owning just one share of The Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN) would cost $1,921.53. But some of these stocks aren’t quite as “expensive” as they seem…

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    Through Tom’s various strategies, followers had the chance to pocket gains of 195.36% in 16 days on Priceline Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), 193.39% in 16 days on SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) (NYSE Arca: GLD), 100% in eight days on International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), and even 248.42% in 17 days on SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE Arca: DIA).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: “Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect At Home (HOME) Stock Price” was published by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this piece on another site, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of U.S. and international trademark & copyright legislation. The correct version of this piece can be read at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3356638/positive-news-coverage-somewhat-unlikely-to-affect-at-home-home-stock-price.html.

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    Real Money columnist Robert Lang says that while retail “has certainly had its challenges over the past couple of years, between difficulties in the mall and then the big gorilla in the room, Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) …there are a handful of names that continue to perform well, one of those is At Home Group (HOME) .

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on At Home Group (HOME)

    For more information about research offerings from Zacks Investment Research, visit Zacks.com

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    At Home Group (NYSE:HOME) updated its FY19 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.25-1.30 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $1.23. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.15-1.16 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.16 billion.At Home Group also updated its Q2 guidance to $0.32-0.33 EPS.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TechTarget, Inc.(TTGT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    TechTarget (NASDAQ:TTGT) Director Leonard P. Forman sold 63,862 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.59, for a total transaction of $1,506,504.58. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on TechTarget (TTGT)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on TechTarget (TTGT)

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sims Metal Management Limited(SMS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Speed Mining Service (CURRENCY:SMS) traded 4.2% higher against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on May 20th. One Speed Mining Service token can now be purchased for $16.33 or 0.00192074 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinExchange and HitBTC. Speed Mining Service has a market capitalization of $1.71 million and $413.00 worth of Speed Mining Service was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, Speed Mining Service has traded 4.2% lower against the dollar.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Speed Mining Service (CURRENCY:SMS) traded 7.8% lower against the US dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 8:00 AM Eastern on June 7th. During the last seven days, Speed Mining Service has traded 21.8% lower against the US dollar. One Speed Mining Service token can currently be bought for approximately $11.56 or 0.00150095 BTC on major exchanges including CoinExchange and HitBTC. Speed Mining Service has a market capitalization of $1.21 million and $182.00 worth of Speed Mining Service was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Geo Group Inc (GEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    GeoCoin (GEO) is a token. It was first traded on August 18th, 2013. GeoCoin’s total supply is 4,000,000 tokens and its circulating supply is 3,170,551 tokens. GeoCoin’s official Twitter account is @geo_coin. GeoCoin’s official website is geocoin.cash.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    My second question is a tougher one: What’s the best investing strategy if the president does support U.S. marijuana law reform and the legislation passes? One idea is to bet against prison stocks like CoreCivic (NYSE:CXW) and GEO Group (NYSE:GEO).After researching this strategy, though, my conclusion is that this is an especially bad idea. Here’s why.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    US Bancorp DE decreased its position in shares of The GEO Group Inc (NYSE:GEO) by 18.6% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 19,855 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 4,548 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in The GEO Group were worth $406,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Geodrill (TSE:GEO) – Investment analysts at Clarus Securities dropped their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for Geodrill in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, May 7th. Clarus Securities analyst N. Sangmuah now forecasts that the company will earn $0.18 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $0.26.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    GeoCoin (CURRENCY:GEO) traded down 5.4% against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 19:00 PM ET on July 5th. In the last week, GeoCoin has traded up 1.8% against the U.S. dollar. One GeoCoin token can currently be bought for approximately $0.84 or 0.00012896 BTC on major exchanges including Bittrex and Cryptopia. GeoCoin has a total market capitalization of $2.67 million and approximately $4,871.00 worth of GeoCoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, the real estate shares rose 0.14 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV), up 7 percent, and The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) up 3 percent.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board lifted its stake in shares of Mastercard (NYSE:MA) by 70.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 153,389 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 63,188 shares during the quarter. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board’s holdings in Mastercard were worth $26,868,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. Cetera Advisors LLC grew its stake in Mastercard by 10.3% during the first quarter. Cetera Advisors LLC now owns 2,916 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $510,000 after purchasing an additional 272 shares during the period. Sather Financial Group Inc grew its stake in Mastercard by 0.4% during the first quarter. Sather Financial Group Inc now owns 61,189 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $10,718,000 after purchasing an additional 272 shares during the period. Bank of The Ozarks grew its stake in Mastercard by 2.3% during the first quarter. Bank of The Ozarks now owns 12,809 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $2,244,000 after purchasing an additional 285 shares during the period. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. grew its stake in Mastercard by 4.6% during the first quarter. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. now owns 6,559 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,149,000 after purchasing an additional 287 shares during the period. Finally, Brighton Jones LLC grew its stake in Mastercard by 17.7% during the fourth quarter. Brighton Jones LLC now owns 1,972 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $298,000 after purchasing an additional 297 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 74.89% of the company’s stock.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Real Money columnist Robert Lang says that while retail “has certainly had its challenges over the past couple of years, between difficulties in the mall and then the big gorilla in the room, Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) …there are a handful of names that continue to perform well, one of those is At Home Group (HOME) .

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    At Home Group (NYSE:HOME) updated its FY19 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.25-1.30 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $1.23. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.15-1.16 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.16 billion.At Home Group also updated its Q2 guidance to $0.32-0.33 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on At Home Group (HOME)

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    At Home Group (NYSE:HOME) issued an update on its second quarter earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $0.32-0.33 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $0.28. The company issued revenue guidance of $284-287 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $283.98 million.At Home Group also updated its FY19 guidance to $1.25-1.30 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: “Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect At Home (HOME) Stock Price” was published by Ticker Report and is owned by of Ticker Report. If you are accessing this piece on another site, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of U.S. and international trademark & copyright legislation. The correct version of this piece can be read at www.tickerreport.com/banking-finance/3356638/positive-news-coverage-somewhat-unlikely-to-affect-at-home-home-stock-price.html.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: 1st Source Corporation(SRCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Currently, I like People’s Utah Bancorp (Nasdaq: PUB), 1st Source Corporation (Nasdaq: SRCE), and East West Bancorp (Nasdaq: EWBC) as stocks likely to benefit in the small/regional sector.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source (NASDAQ:SRCE)’s share price hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $56.13 and last traded at $55.94, with a volume of 100 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $55.94.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on 1st Source (SRCE)

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    1st Source Co. (NASDAQ:SRCE) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $55.00.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market climbed sharply on Thursday, responding well to favorable earnings results from several corners of the market. Major benchmarks were up 1% to 2%, with particularly good performance from the Nasdaq Composite thanks to the tech sector’s outperformance during the day. Yet some stocks suffered from bad news that cast doubt on companies’ ability to benefit from generally favorable business conditions. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH), and LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Rhumbline Advisers decreased its position in LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) by 13.9% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 13,988 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 2,252 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers’ holdings in LendingTree were worth $4,590,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Credit Suisse Group(CS)

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) rose 19.7 percent to $35 in pre-market trading. Vicor posted Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on sales of $65.2 million.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) shares rose 13.5 percent to $16.88 in pre-market trading after climbing 104.82 percent on Tuesday.
    Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) shares rose 11.3 percent to $43.81 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its third quarter on Tuesday.
    The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) rose 9.6 percent to $125.98 in pre-market trading.
    Aduro BioTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADRO) rose 5.8 percent to $7.25 in pre-market trading after falling 1.44 percent on Tuesday.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 5.2 percent to $22.42 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) rose 5.2 percent to $32.05 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 5 percent to $17.11 in pre-market trading following strong Q1 results.
    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE: HMY) shares rose 4.4 percent to $2.02 in pre-market trading.
    22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII) rose 4.9 percent to $2.15 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.07 percent on Tuesday.
    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.1 percent to $102.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) rose 3.3 percent to $61 in pre-market trading following upbeat quarterly earnings.

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  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Just look at what happened to traders who got involved in the now-defunct VelocityShares Daily Inverse ETN (XIV), a particularly nasty piece of financial engineering created by Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS).

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    FAANG stocks are attempting to rebound today after a brutal sell-off hit the Nasdaq components Tuesday. The social media giant Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) will report earnings after the bell, but it’s likely that analysts are more interested in the company’s ongoing response to a data scandal that rocked investor sentiment and spurred privacy fears during the first quarter. Wall Street forecasts EPS of $1.36 on top of $11.45 billion in revenue.
    Right now, the 10-year interest rate is sitting on the border of 3%. And this news has many investors jittery about the impact on the stock market and the broader economy. Of course, many people forget that interest rates remain historically low for this stage of an economic expansion. And inflation targets remain stubbornly elusive for members of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The truth is that investors have little to worry about regarding interest rates. Instead, they should listen to Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, who offered his insight to Fox Business Network earlier this week. Here’s what Keith had to say.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: TWTR, CS, GE
    General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is under pressure to fire its auditor of 109 years, KPMG (for perspective, GE began its longtime relationship with KPMG a year after the first Model-T was built). Shareholder rights firms Glass-Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services are spearheading the change and will push for adjustments during the firm’s annual shareholder meeting. The move comes after a calamitous year for GE, which saw the company become the worst-performing Dow component of 2017.
    Twitter Inc. (NYSE TWTR) will lead a very busy day of earnings reports. The social media giant is expected to report EPS of $0.12 on top of $609.8 million in revenue.
    Shares inCredit Suisse(ADR) (NYSE: CS) rallied more than 4% today after the Swiss financial giant beat earnings expectations before the bell. This was a significant milestone for Cr

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) and Nomura (NYSE:NMR) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News stories about Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS) have been trending positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Credit Suisse Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.45 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3414119516367 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    AXA (EPA:CS) has been given a €27.50 ($32.74) target price by research analysts at Kepler Capital Markets in a report released on Thursday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Kepler Capital Markets’ price target indicates a potential upside of 20.61% from the company’s current price.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Stratus Properties Inc.(STRS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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    NASDAQ STRS traded down $0.25 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $31.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 528 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,123. Stratus Properties has a 52 week low of $26.15 and a 52 week high of $32.15. The company has a quick ratio of 1.09, a current ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.74.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Macatawa Bank Corporation(MCBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note released on Friday morning.

    Separately, Hovde Group set a $11.00 price target on Macatawa Bank and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chemical Financial (NASDAQ: CHFC) and Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and risk.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gladstone Capital Corporation(GLAD)

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Saratoga Investment Corp(SAR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Headlines about Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Saratoga Investment earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4912059514825 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Saratoga Investment (NYSE:SAR) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

    A number of other analysts have also issued reports on the stock. National Securities reiterated a neutral rating and set a $24.00 price target (up from $23.00) on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Saratoga Investment from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, B. Riley initiated coverage on shares of Saratoga Investment in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. They set a buy rating and a $23.50 price target on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Saratoga Investment presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $24.38.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Timberland Bancorp Inc.(TSBK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Press coverage about Timberland Bancorp (NASDAQ:TSBK) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Timberland Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.0053181885204 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Timberland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSBK) declared a None dividend on Tuesday, April 24th, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Friday, May 11th will be paid a dividend of 0.23 per share by the savings and loans company on Friday, May 25th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.61%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 10th.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.(RNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    RenaissanceRe (NYSE: RNR) is one of 73 publicly-traded companies in the “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare RenaissanceRe to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Earnest Partners LLC grew its holdings in shares of RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) by 2.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 307,192 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,389 shares during the period. Earnest Partners LLC’s holdings in RenaissanceRe were worth $42,549,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

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DMarts 4QFY18 profitability is a tad below the kind of trajectory that one has come to expect from the company, and that was in part due to the accelerated store-additions that happened during the quarter – 14 new stores were added vs past 6Ms run-rate of 4-5 per quarter. This likely caused a higher than expected rise in 4Qs SG&A and some adverse impact on mix. Revenue growth is on expected lines 22.5% on reported basis which, as per our workings, translates to an intrinsic growth of 27-28%. Reported LTL growth for FY18 is a modest 14.2% which again, in our view, has the impact of GST-related changes ex which LTL for the fiscal would have been c.18%. LT story is intact; 14 new stores in 4Q take FY18s total to 24 – reflecting a slightly higher pace vs that achieved in the last 2 years this should allay concerns on DMarts ability to find new locations for store rollouts, in our view.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Barclays PLC(BCS)

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  • [By Eric Volkman]

    The underwriting syndicate is large and star-studded. It is led by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase’s(NYSE:JPM)J.P. Morgan Securities, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) Capital, and Citigroup (NYSE: C) Global Markets.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors are becoming increasingly bullish about BTC, as financial institutions like Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) become more interested in entering the cryptocurrency market.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: United Bankshares Inc.(UBSI)

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Stewart Information Services Corporation(STC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.(SKT)

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    Want proof? We asked these Motley Fool investors to highlight a dividend stock that pays a higher yield than Verizon. Here’s why they pickedTanger Factory Outlets (NYSE:SKT), Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN), andSTORE Capital (NYSE:STOR).

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE:SKT) has performed quite poorly lately. After a 7% drop following its first-quarter earnings release, the stock has now underperformed the S&P 500 by a staggering 69 percentage points over the past two years.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of Tanger Factory Outlets (NYSE:SKT) fell 9% to an eight-year low on May 2 after the outlet owner reported itsfirst quarter earnings. Tanger beat estimates on the top and bottom lines, but also reported declines in its core business and cut its full-year guidance.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Magyar Bancorp Inc.(MGYR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Media headlines about Magyar Bancorp (NASDAQ:MGYR) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Magyar Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 48.0770691063571 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)

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    Real Money columnist Robert Lang says that while retail “has certainly had its challenges over the past couple of years, between difficulties in the mall and then the big gorilla in the room, Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) …there are a handful of names that continue to perform well, one of those is At Home Group (HOME) .

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

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    Deutsche Bank AG (DB)  probably saw profit decline 34% in the first quarter, based on a FactSet survey, underscoring the troubles faced by Germany’s largest lender as new CEO Christian Sewing takes over.

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    Facebook (FB) posted first-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ expectations. Ford (F) plans to shed most of its North American car lineup as customer preference has shifted to pickups and crossovers.  Deutsche Bank (DB) said it was planning “significant” job cuts for its global investment banking division. Investors will analyze earnings from Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) .    U.S. stock futures pointed toward a modestly higher open.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.(EBSB)

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    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday morning.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Potlatch Corporation(PCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ:PCH) was upgraded by equities researchers at Vertical Research to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America bought a new position in PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ:PCH) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor bought 78,505 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $4,086,000. Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America owned approximately 0.19% of PotlatchDeltic at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Tree.com Inc.(TREE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market climbed sharply on Thursday, responding well to favorable earnings results from several corners of the market. Major benchmarks were up 1% to 2%, with particularly good performance from the Nasdaq Composite thanks to the tech sector’s outperformance during the day. Yet some stocks suffered from bad news that cast doubt on companies’ ability to benefit from generally favorable business conditions. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH), and LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    LendingTree opened at $271.05 on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. The company has a market capitalization of $3.49 billion, a P/E ratio of 89.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 1.77. LendingTree has a 12-month low of $269.95 and a 12-month high of $278.10. The company has a current ratio of 3.33, a quick ratio of 3.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73.

5 Top Stocks to Buy as Americans Go on a Spending Spree

Americans have started to splurge on discretionary items after a ho-hum winter season. This is well reflected in the pickup in retailers’ March sales, putting an end to three straight months of a decline. Consumer outlays rose on the back of a strong jobs market, rise in income, tax cuts and refunds. Consumer optimism, by the way, continues to remain at a high level.

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This calls for investing in consumer discretionary companies that are poised to grow on the signs of renewed consumer spending strength.

Sales at Retailers Pop

According to the Commerce Department, U.S. retail sales rose a solid 0.6% in March for the first time in four months. The so-called core retail sales that exclude food services, auto dealers, building-materials stores and gasoline stations, also climbed 0.4%.

Sales rose at eight of 13 major retail categories. Auto dealers notched their best month since last November, up 2%. A recent report has shown pickup in purchases of cars and light trucks to a 17.4 million annualized rate in March, the fastest this year.

Sales at health and personal care stores went up 1.4%, the highest in two years. Internet retailers, food services and drinking places, and stores that sell home furnishing goods were some of the other big gainers. A rise in sales at U.S. clothing retailers also contributed significantly.

Eastern holiday in the last weekend of March drove more traffic in stores. Thus, consumers ended a shopping hiatus and spent more money after lying low for a few months due to harsh winter weather conditions.

What Does the Retail Sales Uptick Indicate?

Such a pickup underlined the improved financial conditions of American households and also the resilience of the U.S. economic expansion that will turn nine years old at the end of June.

This increase in spending may not necessarily save the U.S. economy from a downshift in the first quarter, but, definitely indicates that the recent drop in consumer outlays is about to end.

Chief economist of Amherst Pierpont Securities, Stephen Stanley also added that “the somewhat improved performance in March was too late to help the first quarter, but it does set the stage for a marked pickup in real consumer spending in the second quarter.”

What Boosted Consumer Spending?

Steady job gains and rise in income levels fueled consumer spending. The United States added an average of 202,000 jobs a month in the first quarter, higher than the average gains in the same period of 2017 and 2016. The unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1% in March, while workers’ hourly wages rose 8 cents, or 0.3%, to $26.82 in the month.

The recent tax cut has also put a lot of money in consumer’s pocket. After tax wages increased 7.5% year over year in March, up from 5.2% in February, per data accumulated from Bank of America Corp’s (NYSE:BAC) credit cards, debit cards and customer accounts.

The tax bill trimmed the ultra-rich individual tax bracket from 39.6% to 37%, while the middle class has also been spared from paying hefty taxes. Also, income-tax refunds are giving consumers extra cash to spend and their sentiments continue to remain relatively high.

5 Solid Picks

Courtesy of a rise in household spending, consumer discretionary companies are poised to benefit the most as outlays plays a major role in determining their revenues. We have, thus, selected five consumer discretionary stocks that flaunt a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy).

Top Stocks to Buy as Americans Go on a Spending Spree: America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (CRMT)

America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT) operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company has a Zacks Rank #2. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings increased 1.9% in the last 60 days.

The company’s projected growth rate for the current and next quarter is 37.5% and 32.2%, respectively. The stock’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 27.8%, better than the industry’s estimated growth of 23.5%.

Top Stocks to Buy as Americans Go on a Spending Spree: Lithia Motors Inc (LAD)

Lithia Motors Inc (NYSE:LAD) operates automotive franchises, and retails new and used vehicles in the United States. The company has a Zacks Rank #1. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings increased 6.9% in the last 60 days.

The company’s projected growth rate for the current and next quarter is 30.9% and 25%, respectively. The stock’s estimated earnings growth rate for the current year is 26.3%, higher than the industry’s projected growth of 23.5%.

Top Stocks to Buy as Americans Go on a Spending Spree:

At Home Group Inc (NYSE:HOME) operates home decor superstores in the United States. The company has a Zacks Rank #2. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings increased 2.5% in the last 60 days.

The company’s projected growth rate for the current and next quarter is 42.1% and 50%, respectively. The stock’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 29.8%, compared with the industry’s estimated growth of 9.3%.

Top Stocks to Buy as Americans Go on a Spending Spree: Dine Brands Global Inc (DIN)

Dine Brands Global Inc (NYSE:DIN) owns, franchises, operates, and rents full-service restaurants in the United States and internationally. The company has a Zacks Rank #1. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings moved up 21.5% in the last 60 days.

The stock’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 22.7%, better than the industry’s estimated growth of 10.7%.

Top Stocks to Buy as Americans Go on a Spending Spree: Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN)

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) retails women’s and men’s fashion apparel, activewear, intimates, footwear, accessories, home goods, electronics, and beauty products. The company has a Zacks Rank #1.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings rose 18.8% in the last 60 days. The company’s projected growth rate for the current and next quarter is 123.1% and 54.6%, respectively.

The stock’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 36.5%, better than the industry’s estimated growth of 14.1%.

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Earlier this year, credit bureau Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting 2 out of every 3 Americans. The cybersecurity industry is expanding quickly in response to this and similar events. But some stocks are better investments than others.

Zacks has just released Cybersecurity! An Investor’s Guide to help Zacks.com readers make the most of the $170 billion per year investment opportunity created by hackers and other threats. It reveals 4 stocks worth looking into right away.

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