Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now

The Federal Reserve raised its target of the federal-funds rate, the interest rate banks charge each other for overnight loans, by a quarter point to a range of 0.75% to 1%, and thats great news for Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) and its shareholders. As a bondholder, owner of insurance companies and an investor in big banks, Berkshire profits from rising interest rates in a number of ways, says David Kass, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business who studies Buffett and is a Berkshire investor.

See Also: 6 Stocks That Stand to Gain From Fed Rate Hikes

“Since Berkshire currently has about $85 billion in cash invested primarily in short-term Treasuries, a [one percentage point] increase in short-term interest rates results in an additional income of $850 million per year for Berkshire,” Kass says. “Furthermore, Wells Fargo, one of Berkshire’s largest equity investments, will benefit from an increase in earnings as interest rates rise.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    As tech falls, the once-forsaken shares of Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS), Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M), L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) are surging.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The next market worry is retail, with shares of Macy’s (M) falling over 14%, Kohl’s (KSS) down 19% and L Brands (LB) sinking more than 7%. 

    Cramer said the good news is that money is not leaving the stock market, it’s simply moving from the new winners back to the old winners, stocks like Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) , two Action Alerts PLUS holdings.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    In the parched terrain just south of the United States border, the prices of food and other necessities follow the dollar, whose value has been climbing: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    Industrial Production (MoM) for Feb 0.00% vs 0.20% consensus estimate; Manufacturing Outputs (MoM) for Feb 0.50% vs 0.40% consensus estimate.
    The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for March is schedule for release at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The index of leading economic indicators for February will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Wunderlich upgraded Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) from Hold to Buy
    FBR Capital upgraded L Brands (NYSE: LB) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Morgan Stanley upgraded Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) from Neutral to Overweight
    Baird downgraded Patheon (NYSE: PTHN) from Outperform to Neutral
    Citigroup downgraded SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) from Neutral to Sell
    Goldman Sachs downgraded Macerich (NYSE: MAC) from Neutral to Sell

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    L Brands (LB) ended at the bottom of the S&P 500 on Thursday, after disappointing guidance overshadowed better-than-expected earnings.

    L Brands slid $9.19, or 15.8%, to $48.94, its lowest close since 2013. By contrast, the S&P 500 gained 0.99 points, or 0.04%, today to 2363.81.

    Oppenheimers Anna Andreeva and Samantha Lanman reiterated an Outperform rating and $75 price target on the stock, but admit that the magnitude of L Brands downward forecast was disappointing, even with weak industry trends signaled by peers like Wal-Mart (WMT), Macys (M), and TJX Cos. (TJX).

    While they still are bullish, they admit that the bottom isnt clear:

    In the last 5 years, LB’s multiple averaged in high-teens given quality of brands/management, with 13-14x trough not seen since early ’13valuation could still compress assuming guidance isn’t conservative enough. Sticking with Outperform for now, albeit near-term visibility is worsening.

    L Brands is down 25% this year.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Greenhill & Co., Inc.(GHL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    For investors with a long memory, the Iridium communications service was launched on November 1, 1998 only for the founding company to go into Chapter 11 bankruptcy nine months later as the cost of service was prohibitive for many users. Iridium Satellite LLC was eventually merged with a special purpose acquisition company (GHQ) created by the investment bank Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL) in September 2009 to form Iridium Communications.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares slipped by 0.55 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL), down 11 percent, and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB), down 8 percent.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Leading Brands Inc(LBIX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares dropped 13 percent to $1.99 following Q2 results. Leading Brands posted Q2 EBITDAS of $0.00 per share, compared to $0.09 per share during the same period last year.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares were also up, gaining 145 percent to $3.31 on no formal news from company. The stock rallied 215 percent over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week amid trader speculation stock could be sympathy play on move higher in Helios & Matheson. However, Leading Brands shares sold off 27 percent on Thursday.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Leading Brands, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ: LBIX) shares shot up 66 percent to $2.49 following Q1 results. Leading Brands reported Q1 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.033 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Platform Specialty Products Corporation(PAH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Rakesh Sachdev, CEO of Platform Specialty Products (PAH) , the agriculture and industrial roll-up company which has seen its shares double over the past 12 months. Yesterday, Platform Specialty delivered a two-cents-a-share earnings beat.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Platform Specialty Products Corp. (NYSE: PAH) had a well-known seller parting with a huge chunk of stock. Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square hedge fund sold a total of 2,285,888 shares of the stock at $8.78 apiece. The total for the sale was posted at $20 million.The company produces and sells specialty chemical products in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific and Europe. The stock closed last Friday at $8.52.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sage Therapeutics, Inc.(SAGE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Shares of Sage Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SAGE) saw an incredible gain on Thursday after the firm announced positive top-line results from its midstage trial. Specifically, the firm reported results from its Phase 2 trial of Sage-217 for the treatment of moderate to severe major depressive disorder (MDD).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The Good

    The market remains resistant (Rs over Ss and Ns). Brokerages, banks and insurance companies continue their league-leading strength. The Russell 2000 Index is up for the 15th consecutive day. Retail extends yesterday’s strength. Nordstrom (JWN) , Macy’s (M) , Best Buy (BBY) , Target (TGT) , Walmart (WMT) , Foot Locker (FL) and JCPenney (JCP) are strong. First day down for Amazon (AMZN) . Agricultural commodities are lackluster, but soybeans are up another up $0.05 today, up substantially for three days in a row. Speculative biotech (Sage (SAGE) , FibroGen (FGEN) , Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) and Aerie Pharmaceuticals  (AERI) ) stronger after recent weakness. Ag equipment up big time after the Deere (DE) beat.

    The Bad

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    SAGE Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SAGE) shares shot up 73 percent to $159.39 after the company disclosed that Phase 2 trial of SAGE-217 met its primary endpoint.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.(BCEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE: SD) emerged from an $8.3 billion bankruptcy in October 2016 while Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI) emerged in April after clearing up about $1.4 billion in debt. On November 15, SandRidge agreed to pay $746 million for Bonanza Creek and on November 22, Carl Icahn announced that he had acquired a 13.5% stake in SandRidge and said he intends to vote against the “nonsensical Bonanza transaction.”

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    As a service to our readers, we’ve put together a list of 10 cheap oil stocks under $5. Here are the stocks, share prices, and year-to-date (YTD) returns for each:

    Vallourec Sp (OTCMKTS ADR: VLOWY); $1.42; +13.6% YTDIthaca Energy Inc. (TSE: IAE); $1.93; +14.5% YTDSandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE: PER); $3.45; +16.95% YTDGeopark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK); $5.06; +17.4% YTDGastar Exploration Inc. (NYSEMKT: GST); $1.89; +22.26% YTDAscent Resources Plc. (LON: AST); $2.11; +25.53% YTDErin Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT: ERN); $3.94; +29.1% YTDChesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE: CHKR); $3.25; +38.3% YTDSouthcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE: SXE); $2.27; +68.15% YTDBonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI); $2.27; +122.55% YTD

    This list of oil stocks contains some highly speculative plays, so we can’t recommend buying them.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE: BCEI) shares dropped 53 percent to $0.929 after the company reported that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with bondholders holding more than $400 million in unsecured debt. The company also disclosed that it will commence its prepackaged bankruptcy case on or before January 5, 2017.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In Canada, for example, the company and its partners Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) came up dry in their initial exploration attempts in the Shelburne Basin offshore Nova Scotia. The first noncommercial well forced Suncor Energy to write off 105 million Canadian dollars ($78.7 million) for its 20% stake in the well. Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips recorded a total of $187 million of dry hole expenses in Canada last year after it wrote off two wells.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd.(IMUC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. (NYSEMKT: IMUC) posted a new 52-week low of $0.48 on Tuesday, down nearly 61% compared with Monday’s closing price of $1.22. Volume totaled around 7.3 million shares, nearly 25 times the daily average. The company had no specific news Tuesday. The company price an offering of 5,000 preferred stock and warrants to purchase another 9,000 shares of preferred stock a $1,000 per share to raise approximately $5 million.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Zosano Pharma Corporation(ZSAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Zosano Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: ZSAN) dropped about 17% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.54 after closing at $0.65 on Friday. Volume was around 720,000, about 10% below the daily average of around 850,000. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Here’s a list of the top 10 penny stocks to watch in March, which includes the biggest gainers last month…

    Penny StockCurrent Stock PriceFebruary 2017 ReturnZosano Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: ZSAN)$2.56+123.3%Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)$1.25+113.8%Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PPHM)$0.59+101.7%Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT)$1.79+91.9%Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI)$1.58+90.6%CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAY)$3.50+89.8%Vermillion Inc. (Nasdaq: VRML)$2.56+86.3%Naked Brand Group Inc.(Nasdaq:NAKD)$2.16+76%Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)$2.63+73.9%Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: BNTC)$2.60+59.9%

    The best-performing penny stock – Zosano Pharma Corp. – soared an incredible 123.3% from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. To put those gains into perspective, that’s more than five times the S&P 500’s 23% climb in the last 12 months.

Top 10 Bank Stocks To Watch Right Now: Powell Industries Inc.(POWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Powell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: POWL) were down 14 percent to $40.06. Powell Industries reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.54 per share on sales of $129.8 million.

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