Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now

There’s a certain awkwardness to the Federal Reserve’s benchmark interest rate.

Unlike most other major central banks, the Fed doesn’t use a simple, single rate but rather sets its target as a range. And so when policy makers raise borrowing costs — as they did in March — it can read like a jumble of numbers. In last month’s case, the rate went from a minimum of 1.25 percent and a maximum of 1.5 percent to a minimum of 1.5 percent and maximum of 1.75 percent.

The current system was created during the depths of the financial crisis a decade ago. Its adoption allowed the Fed to avoid cutting the benchmark rate all the way to zero, which officials saw as potentially dangerous. (They initially settled on a range of zero to 0.25 percent.) And then, when they began lifting borrowing costs years later, it made sense to stick with the range because there were new and unknown variables at work and they weren’t sure how precisely they could control the rate.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Boot Barn Holdings, Inc.(BOOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 15.6 percent to $25.40 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.
    Abaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAX) rose 15.3 percent to $82.75 in pre-market trading. Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) announced plans to acquire Abaxis for $83 per share in cash.
    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: CLMT) rose 12.6 percent to $8.95 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Micro Focus International plc (NYSE: MFGP) shares rose 8.8 percent to $18.59 in the pre-market trading session after the company issued strong revenue forecast for the first fiscal half of 2018.
    HC2 Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCHC) rose 5.6 percent to $6.60 in pre-market trading.
    Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO) shares rose 5.3 percent to $2.79 in pre-market trading. Eleven Biotherapeutics posted a Q1 loss of $0.11 per share.
    Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IMMY) rose 5.2 percent to $2.52 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter sales beat.
    Red Violet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDVT) rose 4.1 percent to $10.35 in pre-market trading after climbing 75.31 percent on Tuesday.
    Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: XENE) rose 3.8 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading. The stock rose over 10 percent Tuesday after reporting its Phase 1 clinical update on XEN901 demonstrated a favorable PK profile.
    Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) rose 3.5 percent to $11.01 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE: TEVA) shares rose 3.4 percent to $20.98 in pre-market trading after Buffett's Berkshire more than doubled its stake in Teva.
    China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFS) shares rose 3.7 percent to $31.30 in pre-market trading after the company reported results for its fourth quarter.
    PetIQ Inc (NASDAQ: PETQ) shares rose 3.4 percent to $20.00 in pre-market t
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ: SANM) shares rose 15.2 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its second quarter on Monday.
    Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) rose 12.4 percent to $41.30 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong Q2 forecast.
    Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE) rose 10.8 percent to $8.75 in pre-market trading.
    Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL) rose 8.8 percent to $11.05 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2.0 billion.
    Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) rose 7.3 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading.
    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 6.9 percent to $7.00 in pre-market trading after declining 1.50 percent on Monday.
    Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALL) rose 6.5 percent to $10.68 in pre-market trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) rose 5.2 percent to $20.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.53 percent on Monday.
    New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU) rose 5 percent to $91.16 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) rose 5 percent to $167.98 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that Takeda is nearing a preliminary agreement to acquire Shire after sweetened bid.
    Outfront Media Inc. (NYSE: OUT) shares rose 5 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) rose 4.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.80 percent on Monday.
    SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) rose 3.7 percent to $109.80 in pre-market trading after the company posted strong quarterly results and raised its outlook for the year.
    Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL) shares rose 3.7 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.45 percent on Monday.
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: D
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $163.65 million.

    Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $239.88 million.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BOOT)soared 17.3% as of 12:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday after the Western wear and work apparel specialist announced strong fiscal fourth-quarter 2018 results.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $5.39 billion before the opening bell. Macy's shares fell 0.47 percent to $29.79 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) to have earned $0.65 per share on revenue of $12.43 billion in the latest quarter. Cisco will release earnings after the markets close. Cisco shares declined 0.07 percent to $45.45 in after-hours trading.
    Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance. Boot Barn shares climbed 9.97 percent to $24.15 in the after-hours trading session.
    After the markets close, Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $1.20 billion. Flowers Foods shares dropped 0.37 percent to $21.70 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) got a boost, shooting up 13 percent to $24.815 after the company reported upbeat results for its fourth quarter and issued strong first-quarter earnings guidance.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    HL Financial Services LLC purchased a new position in iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:HYG) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 36,981 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock, valued at approximately $3,167,000.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Summit Rock Advisors, LLC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Summit+Rock+Advisors%2C+LLC

    These are the top 5 holdings of Summit Rock Advisors, LLCiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets (IEMG) – 754,105 shares, 52.51% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 8.46%iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (ACWI) – 516,128 shares, 45.53% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 194.10%iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) – 18,330 shares, 1.96% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Nationwide Fund Advisors’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Nationwide+Fund+Advisors

    These are the top 5 holdings of Nationwide Fund AdvisorsiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets (IEMG) – 4,698,924 shares, 74.25% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 119.53%iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) – 536,574 shares, 17.7% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 79.94%iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) – 347,518 shares, 8.05% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 20.57%

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: HCP, Inc.(HCP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The aging baby boomer generation is set to materially increase demand for senior housing. The question isn’t if but when because the demographic shifts this giant generation will engender are largely unavoidable. Investors looking at the senior housing sector have a number of options to pick from, with two of the biggest names in the space being HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) and Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD). But what’s the better choice here: the property owner or the facility manager?

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Swiss National Bank decreased its position in shares of HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) by 13.1% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 1,499,221 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 226,400 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank’s holdings in HCP were worth $34,827,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Healthcare real estate investment trust HCP (NYSE:HCP) hasn’t exactly been a high-performing stock recently. In fact, while the S&P 500 has risen 26% over the past two years, HCP has fallen 23%.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: The Kraft Heinz Company(KHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Buffett’s biggest losers have been Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) , down 30%; Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) , down 21%; Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) , down 20%; American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) , down 19%; and Charter Communications Inc (CHTR) , down 18%. Maybe on those grounds he should reconsider his remarks in February when he said he was open to buying an entire airline.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Atria Investments LLC decreased its holdings in shares of Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KHC) by 14.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 6,418 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,084 shares during the period. Atria Investments LLC’s holdings in Kraft Foods were worth $400,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Billy Duberstein]

    What to do about Kraft-Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC)? One of Berkshire Hathaway’slarger holdings (Berkshire owns roughly 26.7% of shares outstanding, controlling the company in tandem with Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital),Kraft’s stock has tumbled roughly 28% in 2018, as the consumer packaged foods industry (“CPG”) has come under pressure.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC) will report its latest quarterly results on Friday. The consensus estimates are $0.95 in EPS and $6.92 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $71.38 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $70.25 to $97.77. The consensus price target is $89.86.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC) fell about 7% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $67.65 after closing at $72.71 on Thursday. The 52-week high is $97.77. Volume of about 12.8 million was more than three times the daily average. The food processing company reported poor earnings this morning and suggested that sales could get worse as competition increases. 247wallst.com/consumer-products/2018/02/16/how-kraft-heinz-earnings-fell-short/

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC(CQH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    I wouldn’t personally buy Cheniere Energy — it has a complex corporate structure that includes not just Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. but also Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSE: CQH),where the only asset is an ownership stake in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Cheniere Energy is attempting to resolve this issue by acquiring Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings. Until that process is complete, however, that’s just too much corporate complexity for my taste.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEAMERICAN:CQH) – Equities research analysts at US Capital Advisors boosted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Cheniere Energy Partners in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, May 14th. US Capital Advisors analyst J. Carreker now expects that the energy company will post earnings of $0.57 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.54. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Cheniere Energy Partners’ Q3 2018 earnings at $0.57 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.57 EPS.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: LNG) announced Thursday morning that it is acquiring the approximately 8.1% of subsidiary Cheniere Energy Partners Holdings LLC (NYSEAMERICAN: CQH) that it does not already own in an all-stock deal valued at $28.24 per share of Cheniere Partners Holdings.

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