|Bid||56.56 x 1400|
|Ask||56.57 x 2200|
|Day's Range||56.08 - 56.81|
|52 Week Range||47.98 - 59.38|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||-2.33%|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.44|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.35%|
With mergers and acquisition activity picking up, regional banks and financial sector ETFs that track smaller firms could benefit from the increased consolidation. There were 35 deals in the regional banking space last year, the highest number since 1999, and with the 2020 presidential election looming, buyers may be in a hurry to lock in deals in the first half of the year before a potentially new president comes to office, MarketWatch reports. “Bankers might have a short window to get those deals done,” S&P Global Market Intelligence said in a note.
The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) , the largest ETF dedicated to regional bank equities, gained 27.4% last year. While that lagged broader benchmarks, the performance was still impressive when considering the Federal Reserve cut interest rates three times. Rising interest rates historically benefit regional banks.
While inorganic growth efforts, decent loan demand and technology upgrades will support bank stocks in 2020, lower interest rates pose a major headwind.
An analysis from Ned Davis Research finds the best way to play the rising fortunes of stocks compared to those of bonds.
United Bankshares Inc. announced Monday a deal to buy Carolina Financial Corp. in a stock deal valued at $1.1 billion. Under terms of the deal, each Carolina Financial share will be exchanged for 1.13 United Bankshares shares. Based on Friday's stock closing prices, that values Charleston, South Carolina-based Carolina Financial shares at $44.65, or a 15.7% premium, and implies a market capitalization of about $993.4 million. The deal will result in a bank with combined assets of $25 billion. Shares of the regional banks are still inactive in premarket trading. Washington, D.C.-based United Bankshares' stock has rallied 27.0% year to date and Carolina Financial shares have run up 30.4%, while the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF has climbed 19.6% and the S&P 500 has advanced 24.5%.
Long-term buy signals suggest that the regional banking sector could be the group to watch in the closing weeks of 2019 and into 2020.
First Horizon Corp. and Iberiabank Corp. announced Monday a deal in which the regional banks will combine in an all-stock "merger of equals." The combined company will operate under the First Horizon name, be headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. and First Horizon shareholders will 56% of the merged company. Iberiabank is currently headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. As of Friday's stock closing prices, First Horizon had a market capitalization of $5.08 billion and Iberiabank's market cap was $3.94 billion. Under terms of the merger, Iberiabank shareholders will receive 4.584 shares of First Horizon for each Iberiabank share they own, which values Iberiabank's stock at $74.765, roughly where the stock closed on Friday. The stocks were still inactive ahead of the open. First Horizon shares have rallied 23.9% year to date and Iberiabank's stock has climbed 16.3%, while the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF has advanced 17.6% and the S&P 500 has hiked up 22.3%.
The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE), the largest ETF dedicated to regional bank equities, is up just 7.25% this year, about half the gains posted by diversified financial services ETFs. KRE ...
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Fear of global economic slowdown, trade war worries, lower rates and flattening of yield curve are likely to adversely impact banking sector earnings in the near term.
Bank sector-related ETFs found strength Monday as government bonds pulled back and yields climbed on easing investor fears surrounding a U.S.-China trade war that has shown signs of de-escalation. On Monday, ...
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The August job-growth report indicates addition of 130,000 jobs, down from the commendable July figures, which might impact the Fed officials' further course of action.
These are interesting times for the U.S. bond markets. The acronym TINA -- which stands for there is no alternative -- suggests that global money is flowing into the U.S. bond because there truly is no alternative for it abroad. Almost all other bond markets have negative yields.So as a result of increased demand, U.S. bond yields are falling off a cliff and that is wreaking havoc in financial stocks. But therein lies the opportunity. Among the wreckage, JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are three beaten-down bank stocks to buy right now for the long term.These bank stocks are the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to us financial institutions. Citigroup (NYSE:C) would have also made the list but I worry about their potential exposure to European financial markets.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsJPM, BAC and GS are survivors of the 2008 financial catastrophe. So these management teams have proven that they can navigate through crisis and emerge stronger on the other end.Moreover, this time the crisis is in bank stocks not the actual institutions. Thanks to the regulatory stress tests, we know that all three banks are healthier than ever on their balance sheets. Proof is that they are buying back their own stocks and paying out dividends.So the concern that these are broken companies is wrong. These bank stocks are temporarily hindered by the headlines in the bond market. The Federal Reserve is likely to cut rates several times in the next few months to catch up with the bond market. Fed Chair Jerome Powell has no option but to do that whether he wants to or not.So in theory bank business models will be fine and that the headline fears are exaggerated. In other words JP Morgan, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs stocks will be higher in the future.While buy-and-hold is the traditional way of investing in quality stocks, banks of late have frustrated the masses with their timing. That is why today I shared the method of selling puts to trade them. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market Compare these three options setups in JPM, BAC, and GS stocks to buying the stocks here and hoping for a rally. I am more confident that I will profit without any money out of pocket -- and with a big buffer from the current price. This way I can let the risk of headlines work themselves out far away from my position in these bank stocks. JPMorgan (JPM)Consensus among experts is that JPM is the best financial stock. They rarely give investors specific reasons to sell their stock. So it makes sense that if markets are higher, then JPM stock is also higher. On that logic it's a buy right here.But just like all other bank stocks, the rallies for JPM are few and far between. And when they come they don't last. So there is truth in the meme that banks do not hold their greens. This is in spite of them being cheap.So instead of betting on upside potential I'd rather bet on their value. To do that I use the options markets where I can sell JPM puts to generate income. This is ideal in a stock that has value, but also is finding it hard to rally. This describes closely JPM stock and all the rest of the financials today.So in this case, I prefer to sell the December JPM $90 put and collect $1 to open. To win all I need is for JPM stock to stay above my strike this year. If it doesn't, I own the shares at a 18% discount from here and breakeven at $89 per share.Technically, JPM stock chart doesn't confirm the meme. It is in line with the S&P 500 this year. Above $110.70, JPM can rally another $2 from there. Conversely, if the bears push it below $104.3 it can fall to 98 from there. If I own the shares now I'd stop myself at $107.20 but that depends on investor preference. Bank of America (BAC)Similar to JPM, BAC stock is also a high quality stock. Management not only survived the 2008 crash but they also saved other banks along the way. And now BAC stock is a leaner meaner financial institution with hardly any exposure the global financial risks.The BAC stock chart resembles that of JPM so it's also hard to buy and hold for profit unless the investor timeline is more than three years. So here too I prefer to sell puts or spreads to generate income than bet on upside potential.For example, I can sell the BAC $25 January 2020 put and collect almost $1 for it. This way the stock can fall 9% and I can still retain my maximum gains. The worst that could happen is BAC stock fails and I own it at a discount. I accumulate losses until $24.10. * Dorian's Impact on the Markets I chose the BAC $25 level because technically that has been the biggest pivot level for almost three years. In October of 2017 the BAC bulls broke out from it and only lost it temporarily during last year's Christmas crash. Owning BAC stock there leave little risk below and would make a good entry point. Goldman Sachs (GS)Of the three tickers I discussed today, GS stock is my least favorite. This is nothing against the company but it does carry outside headline risk. But this also makes it the bank stock with the most potential profit.Unlike JPM or BAC stocks, GS is still stuck in the middle of the five year range. The other two have already taken 15% leaps higher. Shorter term, I would ideally want to chase GS stock -- but not before it breaches above $206 or $209 per share. Because then they would trigger bullish patterns to retest $220. Once there, GS would then have even more upside opportunities.But, instead of buying shares of GS stock and hoping for this rally to unfold, I can profit while I wait. I sell the GS October $180 put and potentially generate $1.60 per contract in pure profit without any out-of-pocket expense. Doing this would leave me with a 10% buffer from current price. Technically, GS must hold above $193 or it risks retesting the May lows near $180 per share.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Join his live chat room for free here.The post 3 Beaten-Down Bank Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Long Term appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Regional banks and sector-related ETFs could be particularly sensitive to an inverted yield curve. “Asset sensitive” banks that are heavily weighted towards floating-rate loans could face a hit to their ...