BAC - Bank of America Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
27.21
+0.37 (+1.38%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

27.23 +0.02 (0.07%)
After hours: 4:21PM EDT

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Previous Close26.84
Open27.15
Bid27.22 x 800
Ask27.22 x 34100
Day's Range26.88 - 27.35
52 Week Range22.66 - 31.91
Volume59,370,972
Avg. Volume64,572,265
Market Cap262.276B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.49
PE Ratio (TTM)10.43
EPS (TTM)2.61
Earnings DateApr 16, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.60 (2.22%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-28
1y Target Est33.33
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    [Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.] Not all American stocks trade on the major exchanges. In fact, many investors often forget the stocks that trade on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB). Some refer to these OTC stocks to buy as equities that trade on the "pink sheets," named for the color of the paper on which they were printed before electronic trading became more widespread.Instead of using exchanges, such trades occur over computer networks.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsStocks end up on the pink sheets either because they either don't meet or have not attempted to meet the listing requirements of the New York Stock Exchange or the Nasdaq. Often OTC stocks have become penny stocks involuntarily. 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Shareholders now earn a dividend yield at around 4.5%. Even if the stock takes longer than anticipated to move higher, BAESY stock pays investors well to wait.Still, with the current geopolitical environment, BAE investors will likely not have to wait for very long.Source: Shutterstock Sberbank of Russia (SBRCY)Admittedly, Sberbank (OTCMKTS:SBRCY) might seem too risky to become one of the better OTC stocks to buy. With the focus on Russian collusion and a relationship between Trump and Putin that has become too comfortable for many, the thought of investing in Russia seems scary.However, some see opportunity amid the fear. American investors such as Jim Rogers have recently sought investment opportunities in Russia. Mr. Rogers cites a strong ruble, a market well off all-time highs and high real interest rates as the reason. SBRCY stock could position an investor for these returns.Sberbank has become the largest bank in Russia. It holds more in assets than the next six largest competitors combined. Sberbank performs retail, corporate and investment banking within Russia. It also invests heavily in Central and Eastern Europe. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course At a $70 billion market cap, it pales in size to U.S. banking giants such as Citigroup (NYSE:C) or Bank of America (NYSE:BAC). It also seems to struggle with gaining respect, though this could work to an investor's advantage. SBRCY stock trades at a P/E of only five or so, well below that of BAC stock. This is despite the fact that revenues have increased by an average of 18.9%-per-year over the last five years.Moreover, dividends have seen sustained growth over the last three years. Today, SBRCY stock pays a dividend of about 4.65%. In today's market, anything related to Russia has become clouded in controversy. 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    A day after a big rally, stocks were under significant pressure on Friday. This is as Treasury yields threaten to invert and drag banks lower. It also ignites recession fears among investors. Let's look at a few top stock trades to watching going into next week. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: Bank of AmericaBank stocks are under extreme pressure on Friday. Looking at Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), shares were down 5% at one point during the day. Now off less than 4%, bulls are stepping up to the plate a bit.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsStill, this one was breaking out to the upside just the other day. Now we're seeing range support give way. $28 was the floor in this name and now just a few pennies above $27, support has officially gave way.Unless you're a long-term investor, I would avoid BAC stock. At the very least, I'd give it a few days to see how it shakes out. I want to see if $28 will act as resistance or if BAC will fill the gap down to $26.50. It almost filled that gap on Friday, but didn't quite get there.If the gap doesn't hold as support, look for the backside of prior downtrend support to buoy BAC. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: TiffanyTiffany & Co (NYSE:TIF) shares were jumping on Friday, climbing 3% on a tough day in the markets thanks to better-than-expected earnings. Is it rallying right into resistance though?The stock has been trending higher in a channel for several months and is now breaking out. But the $105 level could be tough to penetrate. For starters, this level was support turned resistance last fall, while potential downtrend resistance is near the area as well. Finally, the 50% retracement for the 52-week range sits just under $106.That said, if TIF can push through this mark, it could trigger a large breakout. If so, see how it handles the 200-day. On a pullback, see if the prior channel resistance holds as support. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: Papa John'sPapa John's (NASDAQ:PZZA) has added Shaquille O'Neal to its board and as a brand ambassador. This sent the stock higher by almost 6% on Friday. The move propelled PZZA over the 50-week moving average, while the momentum-measuring MACD (green circle) turns more in the bulls' favor.If momentum keeps up, see if PZZA can climb to $55. On a pullback, I want to see the 50-week and 10-week moving averages hold as support. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: Canopy GrowthOne could make the argument that Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) is still consolidating tightly between support and resistance. Loosely speaking, it is. But with Friday's decline below the 20-day and 50-day moving averages and CGC is losing steam.This group -- and this name specifically -- can be volatile. So I'm not saying that it won't snap back on Monday and even breakout higher at some point next week. But at this rate, the name is simply lacking any follow through, meeting sellers each time it nears $48.Even though we've been watching this one for weeks, it may be time for bullish traders to move on after Friday's fall. The close below the 50-day is certainly a negative. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 5: NikeDespite beating on earnings and revenue estimates, Nike (NYSE:NKE) stock is falling almost 6% on Friday as guidance disappoints.If the stock doesn't reclaim the 50-day early next week, Nike may have lower to go. If it does reclaim this mark, look for $83 and the 50-day to support the stock. Otherwise, let's see if we can't nab NKE stock on a decline down to the 200-day. That would be a great dip-buying opportunity.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.Compare Brokers The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Monday: CGC, TIF, NKE, PZZA appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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