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Chicago, IL – April 04, 2017 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC – Free Report ), SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI – Free Report ), Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK – Free Report ) and Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI – Free Report ).
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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:
Is the Correction Already Over? 4 Banking Stocks to Buy
After President Trump’s victory, expectations of lesser regulations, federal corporate tax rate cut, stimulating domestic investments and anticipation of multiple Fed rate hikes have boosted investors’ confidence. These, in turn, led U.S. banking stocks to rally. Further, following the presidential election, mortgage rates were on an upswing, as money was pulled out of the bond market and yields on 10-year Treasuries climbed.
However, last month, the U.S. banks came under pressure with the flattened Treasury yield curve and fears among investors due to the delay in implementation of Trump’s financial policies. The sell-off in banking stocks followed an upswing in bonds which acted as a headwind. Moreover, a flatter yield curve turned negative for the U.S. lenders as borrowing is conducted on short-term markets and lending for longer periods.
Overall, the finance sector, which has been in the spotlight since the U.S. Presidential election results turned gloomy. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF, which tracks the overall S&P Financial Select Sector Index, was down nearly 6% over the last month, while the S&P 500 Financials index declined 2.91%.
So would it be wise to stay away from banking stocks? The answer is no.
The correction seems to be over as the banking stocks rallied recently. Though the rally was supported by positive data on domestic economic growth, the positive sentiment about the industry’s prospects might have revived as well.
Against an improving domestic economic backdrop, the U.S. banks also have been taking aggressive strategic actions to power their financials. On the other hand, the Trump presidency is anticipated to bring brighter days for banks, moving ahead, with pro-growth policies and softer regulations. Thus, it would be a wise decision to add some banking stocks at this dip now.
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Selecting the Winning Stocks
We have taken the help of the Zacks Stock Screener to shortlist banking stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy), and 7% or higher downward share price movement over the last four weeks.
Here are the top four financial stocks that meet the criteria:
Charlotte, NC-based Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC – Free Report ) is a diversified financial institution, providing various financial products and services to individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, large corporations and governments globally.
Zacks Rank: #2
Market Cap: $239.3 billion
Price Change: -7.27%
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SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI – Free Report ), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is engaged in providing various financial services to consumers, businesses, corporations and institutions in the U.S.
Zacks Rank: #2
Market Cap: $27.6 billion
Price Change: -7.91%
Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (NASDAQ:OZRK – Free Report ), headquartered in Little Rock, AR, is a bank holding company for Bank of the Ozarks, providing various retail and commercial banking products and services in Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, New York, and California.
Zacks Rank: #2
Market Cap: $6.3 billion
Price Change: -7.51%
Dallas, TX-based Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI – Free Report ) operates as the bank holding company for Texas Capital Bank, National Association, providing various banking products and services for commercial businesses, and professionals and entrepreneurs in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio metropolitan areas of Texas.
Zacks Rank: #2
Market Cap: $4.1 billion
Price Change: -7.48%
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