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Wells Fargo & Co. has reached a settlement with a former branch manager who claimed she was fired for blowing the whistle on employees who had been opening accounts without permission, the sales-pressure conduct at issue in a scandal that erupted in 2016.

The settlement, finalized on Jan. 12, brought an end to Wells Fargo’s appeal of a U.S. Department of Labor order compelling the bank to reinstate the fired branch manager, Claudia Ponce de Leon, and pay her $577,500 in back wages, damages and legal fees. That decision came almost a year after Wells Fargo reached a $185 million settlement with federal regulators and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office resolving allegations over the widespread misconduct at the bank.

An in-house judge at the Labor Department has ordered Wells Fargo and Ponce de Leon to submit a copy of the settlement agreement by Feb. 9. Ponce de Leon’s lawyer, Yosef Peretz, declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement. “All I can [say] at this point is the parties have decided to resolve the dispute,” Peretz said Friday.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: W.R. Berkley Corporation(WRB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC cut its holdings in W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) by 6.4% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 61,225 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 4,153 shares during the quarter. Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC owned 0.05% of W. R. Berkley worth $4,433,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mackay Shields LLC lessened its stake in W. R. Berkley Corp (NYSE:WRB) by 5.7% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 123,539 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 7,501 shares during the period. Mackay Shields LLC’s holdings in W. R. Berkley were worth $8,945,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Digital Realty Trust Inc.(DLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    With that in mind, here’s why Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) could be excellent additions to your portfolio, as well as those of your children and grandchildren, for decades to come.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    When you think “tech stocks,” you generally don’t think about real estate investment trusts, or REITs, but Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) certainly fits into both categories. The data center REIT’s growth story could just be getting started if we continue to become more and more connected as a society.

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Matthew Frankel, and Dan Caplinger]

    So, which dividend stocks do we Fools like right now? We asked a team of investing experts to weigh in, and they picked Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY), Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR), and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP). 

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This top data center company also is a solid play on the huge cloud and streaming content revolution. Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: DLR) supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Territorial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBNK) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seven analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) and Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Territorial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TBNK) Director David S. Murakami sold 4,394 shares of Territorial Bancorp stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.67, for a total value of $134,763.98. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 27,494 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $843,240.98. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Press coverage about Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Territorial Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.0132105892291 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $33.50.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBNK) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday.

Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: One Liberty Properties Inc.(OLP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) VP Justin Clair sold 3,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.00, for a total value of $77,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 32,566 shares in the company, valued at $814,150. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 14th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 25th will be paid a dividend of 0.45 per share by the real estate investment trust on Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 24th.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 5 Financial Stocks To Watch For 2019: Prudential Public Limited Company(PUK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine lowered shares of Prudential (NYSE:PUK) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

    Several other analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $57.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Prudential from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, March 29th. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of Prudential from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $57.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Prudential (NYSE: PUK) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Prudential Public Limited (NYSE:PUK) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

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    Zacks Investment Research Lowers Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com) Financial wellness program popularity rises among employers, up 63 percentage points in two years (markets.financialcontent.com) FY2018 EPS Estimates for Prudential (PUK) Reduced by Jefferies Group (americanbankingnews.com) Jefferies Group Weighs in on Prudential’s FY2020 Earnings (PUK) (americanbankingnews.com) ValuEngine Downgrades Prudential (PUK) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)

    Shares of PUK stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $51.56. 141,455 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 198,097. The firm has a market cap of $66.49 billion, a PE ratio of 13.79, a PEG ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 0.03 and a current ratio of 0.03. Prudential has a 52-week low of $44.49 and a 52-week high of $55.36.

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