Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own For 2019

A dismal report on December retail sales Thursday capped a batch of weak economic data, raising questions about whether last year’s robust economy is simply slowing or sputtering toward a recession later this year.

Most economists are betting on the former.

“I see this simply as a transition from a faster growing economy to a more moderate pace,” says Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist of the Economic Outlook Group

 “The only question is the extent to which the economy’s growth rate is declining,” says Joe LaVorgna, chief economist of the Americas for research firm.

LaVorgna estimates growth of 3 percent in 2018 will slow to about 2 percent this year, a tepid pace that’s more in line with most of the nearly 10-year-old economic expansion.

Besides retail sales, the flurry of disappointing reports the past couple of weeks highlighted worrisome trends in service-sector activity, consumer and business confidence, layoffs and bank lending standards.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [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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Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own For 2019: Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation(AP)

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-nine research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation and sixteen have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $61.86.

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    Four Stocks to Watch Today: FB, TSLA, JPM, WFC
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    When long-time, sometimes controversial bank analyst Mike Mayo speaks it’s often wise for investors to listen. Recently plucked up by Wells Fargo (WFC)  to cover the banking space, Mayo is fresh off a meeting with top Goldman Sachs (GS)  management, including CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Mayo’s mention of a possible “revenue breakout” in a new note dropped in our email box Tuesday is attention-grabbing (if not a reason to trade Action Alerts PLUS holding Goldman).

  • [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.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Northern Oak Wealth Management Inc. boosted its position in Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) by 0.9% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 142,579 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,323 shares during the period. Wells Fargo comprises approximately 1.4% of Northern Oak Wealth Management Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 24th biggest holding. Northern Oak Wealth Management Inc.’s holdings in Wells Fargo were worth $8,650,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSE:CM) (NYSE:CM) – Analysts at Desjardins reduced their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, May 2nd. Desjardins analyst D. Young now forecasts that the company will post earnings of $2.85 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $2.86.

  • [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.

  • [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 Bank Stocks To Own 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 Stephan Byrd]

    Morgan Stanley set a GBX 855 ($10.91) price target on HSBC (LON:HSBA) in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

  • [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.

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