Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2019

Business Overview

Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and founded in 1887, Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC) is a Canadian multinational financial service provider and multinational insurance company which provides a plethora of financial products and services including: investment management, insurance, group benefits, small business & personal banking, pension products, annuities, mutual funds and personal/group retirement funds. Comparable to other Canadian insurance service providers such as Great West Life and Sun Life Financial, Manulife focuses less on personal banking and more on insurance and investment management. Manulife still has a strong global reach, especially in Asia (in its wealth management, insurance, and benefit plans). It is key to note that in the United States, Manulife operates under the name of John Hancock, but globally as Manulife. Manulife has more than 26 million customers worldwide and continues to grow steadily.

Recent Financial Performance

Manulife performed well during first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. Core earnings increased by $202 million to $1.3 billion in the quarter and insurance sales increased 23% to $4.7 billion. As of March 31, 2018, Manulife had over ~$1.1 trillion worth of assets under management.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2019: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp boosted its position in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) (TSE:CM) by 54.3% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 911,300 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 320,800 shares during the quarter. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce comprises approximately 1.0% of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp’s holdings in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce were worth $103,633,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM) (NYSE:CM) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is C$130.33.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2019: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2019: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Berkshire has a huge position in banking giant Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), and at first glance, it’s surprising to see the stock on the list of companies in which Buffett trimmed Berkshire’s holdings. After all, Buffett has been quite vocal in his defense of the beleaguered banking giant, arguing that the scandals involving falsified customer accounts, unnecessary insurance products, and mortgage overcharges stem primarily from a lack of smart management that has since been remedied by replacing much of the bank’s former executive team. Buffett is convinced not only that Wells Fargo will be a strong investment in an improving business climate for banking generally, but also that it will outperform its peers in the industry.

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) , Citigroup Inc. (C) and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) each reported strong earnings beats Friday, April 13, kicking off what analysts expect to be a solid quarter for the sector.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Last Friday, the first wave of bank earnings reports hit Wall Street, when JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C), and scandal-stricken Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) released their first-quarter financials.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2019: HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) had its price target dropped by equities research analysts at Citigroup from GBX 810 ($10.78) to GBX 800 ($10.65) in a report released on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Citigroup’s price target points to a potential upside of 9.59% from the stock’s previous close.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    HSBC (LON:HSBA) had its target price lowered by equities research analysts at Shore Capital from GBX 721 ($9.60) to GBX 625 ($8.32) in a report issued on Tuesday. The brokerage presently has a “sell” rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Shore Capital’s price objective indicates a potential downside of 14.71% from the company’s previous close.

Top 5 Bank Stocks For 2019: First Commonwealth Financial Corporation(FCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Barclays PLC increased its holdings in First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) by 24.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 33,717 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 6,593 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in First Commonwealth Financial were worth $476,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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