Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now

National General (NASDAQ: NGHC) and AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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46.6% of National General shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.9% of AmTrust Financial Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of National General shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 50.8% of AmTrust Financial Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Safety Insurance Group Inc.(SAFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub cut shares of Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Friday.

    Several other research analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Compass Point raised shares of Safety Insurance Group from a sell rating to a neutral rating and set a $70.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine raised shares of Safety Insurance Group from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, June 2nd.

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) reported that winter weather activity and an accounting change were drags on its first-quarter results, though a lower tax rate was a net positive to the Massachusetts-based insurance company.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFT) Director Frederic H. Lindeberg sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.36, for a total value of $176,720.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 16,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,413,760. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Own Right Now: Peoples Bancorp Inc.(PEBO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ:PEBO) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Friday.

    Several other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on PEBO. Boenning Scattergood reissued a hold rating on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. Hovde Group set a $39.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $37.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised shares of Peoples Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reissued a hold rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Peoples Bancorp has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $38.00.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Taylor Cox]

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report released on Saturday.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Steve Eisman, the Neuberger Berman Group money manager who famously predicted the collapse of subprime mortgages before the 2008 financial crisis, recommended shorting Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) shares: Link $

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) traded down about 8.6% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $10.57 after closing Wednesday at $11.57. The stock’s 52-week high is $20.23. Volume was about six times the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. A Wall Street Journal story today revealed that the Federal Reserve designated the bank’s U.S. operations “troubled.”

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Both American and European-focused banks were hard-hit at the time of publication: 

    Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB): down 6.5 
    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS): down 5.83 percent. 
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM): down 4.74 percent. 
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS): down 3.9 percent. 
    Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLF): down 3.73 percent. 

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: eHealth Inc.(EHTH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
    Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
    Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $19.04 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $301.12 following strong quarterly results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $18.64 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.

    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) shares were also up, gaining 25 percent to $28.35 following Q1 results.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) was upgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) Director Katherine E. White sold 1,064 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.80, for a total transaction of $18,939.20. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,243 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,125.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. reduced its holdings in shares of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) by 31.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 441,479 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 198,314 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned approximately 0.29% of Old National Bancorp worth $7,461,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    MetLife Investment Advisors LLC reduced its position in shares of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) by 9.1% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 59,196 shares of the bank’s stock after selling 5,905 shares during the quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Old National Bancorp were worth $1,000,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: Invesco Plc(IVZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media headlines about Invesco (NYSE:IVZ) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Invesco earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the asset manager an impact score of 46.8976280324848 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It didn’t take long for Seritage to get started. In March, it sold a 50% stake in The Mark 302 — its downtown Santa Monica project — to a unit of Invesco (NYSE:IVZ). Since then, Seritage has accelerated its efforts to form joint venture partnerships for some of its best assets, including two deals announced just this week.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ) traded down about 4.1% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $26.37 after closing Friday at $27.51. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.43. Volume totaled about 7.1 million, more than double the daily average of around 3.3 million. The investment management firm launched a European ETF that gives investors exposure to Saudi Arabia.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Headlines about Invesco (NYSE:IVZ) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Invesco earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the asset manager an impact score of 46.4314751299121 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its holdings in Invesco (NYSE:IVZ) by 19.5% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,828,815 shares of the asset manager’s stock after buying an additional 298,083 shares during the quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN’s holdings in Invesco were worth $58,541,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Own Right Now: First Capital Bancorp Inc.(VA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows JetBlue Airways Corporation giving a good performance thats still not as good as that of large cap Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) while the performance ofAlaska Air Group, Inc (NYSE: ALK), which has acquired Virgin America Inc (NASDAQ: VA), seems to have slipped recently:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    News headlines about Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Virgin America earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 45.3779505917989 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.

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