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4 Reasons That Make Preferred Bank (PFBC) Stock a Solid Bet

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Improving operating backdrop, higher interest rates, easing of regulations, decent loan demand and lower tax rates continue supporting banking stocks. Keeping this in mind, we have selected Preferred Bank PFBC for your consideration.

Further, analysts are bullish on the stock. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has been revised nearly 1% upward over the past 60 days. As a result, the stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

So far this year, shares of Preferred Bank have rallied 9.2% compared with 14% rise of the industry it belongs to.

Why Preferred Bank is an Impressive Pick

Earnings strength: Preferred Bank recorded an earnings growth rate of 25.7% over the past three to five years, higher than the industry’s growth of 14.2%. The momentum is expected to continue as the company’s earnings are projected to rise 14.1% and 6.8% in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Moreover, the long-term (three-five years) expected EPS growth of 10% promises rewards for its shareholders.

Revenue growth: Preferred Bank has been witnessing consistent improvement in revenues over the past few years. Revenues witnessed a CAGR of 18.2% over the last five years (2014-2018). Further, the top line is expected to increase 9.2% in 2019 and 8.8% in 2020.

Superior Return on Equity (ROE): Preferred Bank’s ROE is 17.69%, higher than the industry average of 11.79%. This reflects its superiority in terms of utilizing funds.

Stock trades at a discount: Preferred Bank stock looks undervalued with respect to its PEG and price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios. It has a PEG ratio of 0.88 compared with the industry average of 1.44. Also, P/E ratio of 8.85 is below the industry average of 11.51.

Further, the stock currently has a Value Score of B. The Value Score condenses all valuation metrics into one actionable score that helps investors steer clear of “value traps” and identify stocks that are truly trading at a discount. Our research shows that stocks with a Style Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 offer the best upside potential.

Other Stocks to Consider

Some other top-ranked finance stocks are E*TRADE Financial Corporation ETFC, LPL Financial Holdings Inc. LPLA and Credit Acceptance Corporation CACC. All these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Earnings estimates for E*TRADE Financial have been revised marginally upward for 2019 over the past 60 days. Its share price has rallied 10.4% so far this year.

LPL Financial’s earnings estimates have been revised upward by 2.1% for the current year over the past 60 days. Also, so far this year, its share price has increased 18.6%.

Credit Acceptance has witnessed upward earnings estimate revision of 2.2% for the current fiscal year over the past 60 days. Also, its share price has seen a 17.5% rise so far this year.

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