Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018

Analysis

Deregulation Favors Banks

As investors digest the unexpected triumph of Donald Trump in the polls, the conclusion that banking stocks will benefit greatly from the incoming administration’s intention to ‘dismantle’ the Dodd-Frank Act has been difficult to ignore. To wit, the KBW Bank Index is up around 12% since Election Day and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), the US’s second largest bank by Assets after JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM), has seen its shares rise by over 16%.

Financial regulation has not been kind to Bank of America – among the Big Four US Banks (i.e. JP Morgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C)), it paid the largest total fines related to the 2008 Financial Crisis at $56 Billion.

Dividend and Outlook

Prior to Election Day, investors in Bank of America had to content themselves with its relatively small dividend yield of 1.76% and a paltry capital gain of around 1%. Consequently, investors were looking at passive returns of just $176 for every $10,000 of Bank of Shares they owned without much upside on the capital front. Post-Election Day, Bank of America’s yield has dropped to just 1.49% and investors are rubbing their hands in anticipation of more gains.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: The NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.(NDAQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Hibah Yousuf]

    In a report outlining the growing operational risks at trading exchanges, S&P said the noticeable increase in technical snafus could trigger ratings downgrades for major operators like NYSE Euronext (NYX), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ) and BATS Global Markets over the next few years.

  • [By Maureen Farrell]

    Twitter will try not to mimic Facebook’s mistakes on IPO day.

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) At the start of last year, Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) were on top of the tech world. Both landed key roles in Facebook’s hotly anticipated initial public offering.

    But Facebook’s IPO changed that. Both companies were widely criticized for Facebook’s face plant of a debut. The problems that marred Facebook’s IPO clearly hurt the image of Nasdaq and Morgan Stanley.

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: CME Group Inc.(CME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

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    Market Exchanges like the CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) have just started allowing trading in bitcoin futures and could attract an entirely new type of retail user as well as allowing institutional clients access to the bitcoin theme. Exchanges make their money on transactional volume, so a bursting of the bitcoin bubble wouldn’t necessarily mean weakness for shares.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    Cliches aside, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) might not be the most popular name after its phony accounts scandal, but so what? Its still a quality business with a quality stock that yields 3.4%.

  • [By Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    As for individual stocks,Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC) was the leader among the big banks that posted earnings today, which also includedJPMorgan ChaseandBank of America.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBVA).

  • [By Diane Alter]

    The New York Times first reported that Frontier Airlines is prepping for an initial public offering. The Denver, Colo.-based low-cost carrier has hired Deutsch Bank (NYSE: DB), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) to handle the IPO. The airline started the process late last year when it approached a number of bankers.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Today, Deutsche Bank (DB) pretty much signals an all-clear based on that call and says things are indeed getting better. So there are buyers all over the place.

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