Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now

Bitcoin was once (and, to some extent, still is) tainted by its association with illicit activity. But as a number of criminals have found out, transactions in Bitcoin can be tracked.

So when Zcash, a so-called privacy coin, launched last October, it raised questions about who would want to use such a currency that had the option to function as a true digital equivalent of cash, leaving no fingerprints behind.

It turns out banks just might want that feature.

Monday, the company behind Zcash, the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company (ZECC) announces a partnership with JPMorgan Chase to add Zcash’s privacy technology to Quorum, an enterprise blockchain platform JPMorgan built on Ethereum, a network similar to bitcoin’s but focused on smart contracts.

Quorum, which already features private smart contracts, will now be able to ensure private settlement of digitized assets on a distributed ledger.

Zooko Wilcox, ZECC chief executive, expressed his enthusiasm for the deal: “I’m excited that our first enterprise customer is the most valuable bank in the world.” ZECC also announced last night that it has joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, of which JPMorgan Chase is already a member.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Honeywell International Inc.(HON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that HON’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

     

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    According to a report at Bloomberg News, some of the companies sending representatives along include General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), and Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM). One company that has said it is not participating in the trip is Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Rockwell Collins gained 5.1% to $104.70 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,348.69. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) ticked up 0.1% to$65.41 as strength in Rockwell Collins and Honeywell International (HON) offset earnings-related weakness in General Electric (GE). Honeywell, which also reported today, gained 2.7% to $127.08, while General Electric dropped 2.4% to $29.55.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: CST Brands, Inc.(CST)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.

    American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $998.76 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion. CST Brands shares declined 1.20 percent to close at $36.21 on Thursday.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: LG Display Co., Ltd.(LPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Corning Incorporated in a steady uptrend since we recommended the stock while Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED) has taken off even higher and LG Display Co Ltd (NYSE: LPL) and AU Optronics Corp (NYSE: AUO) have given a similar performance:

  • [By Anders Bylund, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    According to comments by Universal Display CEO Steve Abramson, Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) is pouring $9 billion into building OLED production facilities this year. LG Display (NYSE:LPL) expects more than half of its 2020 revenues to come from OLED panels. The OLED TV market is expected to grow sixfold in the next four years, and the lighting panel market is only just getting started.

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: COUP)
    Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX) in New York

    Annual Shareholder Meetings

    1-800-Flowers.com, Inc (NASDAQ: FLWS)
    Cicso Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO)

    Tuesday

Top 5 Bank Stocks To Own Right Now: KLA-Tencor Corporation(KLAC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income increased by 45.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $72.23 million to $104.90 million.

     

  • [By JPMorga]

    KLA-Tencor, which is in the process of being acquired by Lam Research, continues to deliver best-in-class dividends as a result of its solid operational performance and strong free cash flow generation. The company’s current dividend yield is at 3.1%. 

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 10.70 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company’s weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 3.00, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

     

  • [By Jim Cramer]

    The company’s current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, KLA-TENCOR CORP’s return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

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