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10 Best Bank Dividend Stocks

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In this article, we will be looking at the 10 best bank dividend stocks. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of the banking and financials sector, you can go directly to the 5 Best Bank Dividend Stocks.

According to the Wall Street Journal, as of May 2021 investors have begun going on a banking stock investment spree, with about $32 billion dollars being invested in broad financial stocks by as early as May. As vaccination rates begin to gain headway across the world, with about 3.88 billion vaccine doses having been administered as of July 26th, 2021, the economic recovery and reopening seem right around the corner. As such, investors are picking just this moment to jump right back into bank stocks like Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS).

According to Reuters, this June, investors considered consumer confidence data to restore their faith in bank stocks, which were responsible for the S&P 500 index rising to a new record high on June 29th. The S&P 500 index was able to gain about 020% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was able to rise by about 0.48%, with the former being uplifted and supported by some of the biggest banks in the US. Additionally, just this July bank stocks again helped the FTSE rebound after its plunge in light of another surge in the rise of coronavirus cases and resurging concerns surrounding yet another economic crisis. Reuters has stated that the FTSE 100 was up 0.5% on July 20th with bank stocks being among the leaders supporting this gain and jumping by about 1.1%.

Additionally, with the S&P 500 having outperformed consensus estimates in the first quarter of 2021, for instance through its earnings growth for that quarter standing at 52% against the estimates of 24% according to a Russell Investments report, investors are steadily continuing to become more bullish on banking and finance stocks and thus more prone to pour money into the sector. With bank stocks thus being among some of the top contributors to both the S&P 500's gains and to the FTSE's advances, alongside the fact that the global economy can be safely considered to be on a path to recovery, opinions surrounding investing in banking and finance are becoming more optimistic. As such, we have compiled a list of the best bank dividend stocks, to point out some of the more popular stocks in the sector to invest in.

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10 Best Bank Dividend Stocks
10 Best Bank Dividend Stocks

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Without further ado, let's take a look at the 10 best bank dividend stocks.

We have analyzed the data of about 866 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey to determine which stocks in the banking sector are the most popular among hedge funds. Alongside this, we have used analysts' ratings and fundamentals as indicators of financial growth and stability to shortlist the stocks added to our list below.

Best Bank Dividend Stocks

10. KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 41 Dividend Yield: 3.87%

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), the bank holding company for KeyBank National Associate, offers a range of retail and commercial banking products and services in the US. The company ranks 10th on our list of the best bank dividend stocks.

David Konrad, an analyst at Keefe Bruyette, took over coverage of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) this July. Konrad has a Market Perform rating on the shares, alongside a $21 price target. He also commented that he is still constructive on large-cap banks like KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) in light of rising expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term rates.

In the second quarter of 2021, KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) had an EPS of $0.72, beating estimates by $0.18. The company's revenue was $1.77 billion, up 3.26% year over year and also beating estimates by $40.52 million. KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) has also gained 9.39% in the past 6 months and 17.25% year to date.

By the end of the first quarter of 2021, 41 hedge funds out of the 866 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) worth roughly $565 million. This is compared to 29 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $317 million.

Like Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) is a good bank stock to invest in.

9. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 41 Dividend Yield: 3.58%

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) is the bank holding company for Citizens Bank, National Association. It provides retail and commercial banking products and services in the US and ranks 9th on our list of the best bank dividend stocks.

Keefe Bruyette's David Konrad has also assumed coverage of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) shares with an Outperform rating and a $54 price target this July.

In the second quarter of 2021, Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) had an EPS of $1.46, beating estimates by $0.32. The company's revenue was $1.61 billion, but missing estimates by $20.36 million. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) has also gained 17.76% in the past 6 months and 22.83% year to date.

By the end of the first quarter of 2021, 81 hedge funds out of the 866 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) worth roughly $579 million. This is compared to 38 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $453 million.

Like Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) is a good bank stock to invest in.

8. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 43 Dividend Yield: 3.02%

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is a financial services holding company operating in the diversified banks industry to provide corporate, commercial, consumer, and business banking services in the US. It ranks 8th on our list of the best bank dividend stocks.

Oppenheimer's Chris Kotowski has raised his price target on U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) shares this July in light of the company's positive Q2 results. The new price target is $73, versus the previous $70 target, and Kotowski has also held onto an Outperform rating on U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) shares.

In the second quarter of 2021, U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) had an EPS of $1.28, beating estimates by $0.15. The company's revenue was $5.76 billion, also beating estimates by $136.74 million. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) has also gained 23.30% in the past 6 months and 20.82% year to date.

By the end of the first quarter of 2021, 43 hedge funds out of the 866 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) worth roughly $8.33 billion. This is compared to 60 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $8.13 billion.

Like Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is a good bank stock to invest in.

7. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 49 Dividend Yield: 2.7%

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK) operates in the asset management and custody banks industry to provide financial products and services in the US and internationally as well. The company ranks 7th on our list of the best bank dividend stocks.

Stephen Biggar, an analyst at Argus, has very recently this July upgraded The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK) shares to Buy from Hold. Biggar also holds a $55 price target on the stock, citing the company's overwhelmingly positive Q2 results for the upgrade.

In the second quarter of 2021, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK) had an EPS of $1.13, beating estimates by $0.13. The company's revenue was $3.96 billion, also beating estimates by $98.43 million. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK) has also gained 20.88% in the past 6 months and 19.86% year to date.

By the end of the first quarter of 2021, 49 hedge funds out of the 866 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK) worth roughly $4.76 billion. This is compared to 47 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $4.68 billion.

Like Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK) is a good bank stock to invest in.

6. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 77 Dividend Yield: 2.1%

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) operates through its Investment Banking, Global Markets, Asset Management, and Consumer & Wealth Management segments to provide financial services for corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals. The company operates globally and ranks 6th on our list of the best bank dividend stocks.

This July, Chris Kotowski from Oppenheimer also upped the price target on The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) shares from $493 to $540. Kotowski retained his Outperform rating on the stock as well.

In the second quarter of 2021, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) had an EPS of $15.02, beating estimates by $4.84. The company's revenue was $15.39 billion, up 15.74% year over year and also beating estimates by $2.99 billion. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) has also gained 32.75% in the past 6 months and 41.15% year to date.

By the end of the first quarter of 2021, 77 hedge funds out of the 866 tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) worth roughly $5.05 billion. This is compared to 77 hedge funds in the previous quarter with a total stake value of approximately $4.607 billion.

Artisan Partners, a high value-added investment management firm, mentioned The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) in its first-quarter 2021 investor letter. Here's what they said:

“Financial services firm Goldman Sachs is a best-in-class franchise with a premier brand that attracts top talent and sustains market share across its businesses. We believe this has helped Goldman weather recent market volatility. In addition to de-levering risk-weighted assets, Goldman is also growing its digital investment footprint through the expansion of features on its Marcus Invest platform. The company’s stability—and ability to grow its brand even in tough times—has kept us invested over the long term.”

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