Best Bank Stocks To Buy For 2013

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Bank stocks offer some of the best opportunities for investors in years, with Bank of America and others poised to post double-digit gains in the year ahead, well-known analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC on Tuesday.

“There’s an incredible growth opportunity within the financials, particularly Bank of America, CitigroupDiscover Financial—and there are others,” Whitney told“Closing Bell”. “I think the underlying support is housing is close to bottom, so that is a great headwind relief for banks…They’ve come a long way.”

Best Bank Stocks To Buy For 2013: National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB)

National Australia Bank Limited provides products, advice and services. In Australia, it operates through National Australia Bank, MLC and UBank. In the United Kingdom, it operates through Clydesdale Bank. In New Zealand, it operates through Bank of New Zealand. In the United States, it operates through Great Western Bank. Segments include Business Banking, Personal Banking, Wholesale Banking, UK Banking and NZ Banking, MLC and NAB and Great Western Ban. As of April 5, 2012, the Company and its associated entities ceased to be a substantial holder in BlueScope Steel Limited. On May 17, 2012, it ceased to be a substantial holder in Spark Infrastructure Group and Sandfire Resources NL. As of August 24, 2012, the Company and its associated entities ceased to be holder in Tabcorp Holdings Limited. In September 2012, the Company and its associated entities have ceased to be a substantial holder in Incitec Pivot Limited, as of August 30, 2012. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dale Gillham]NAB is still a long way from its all-time high of $44.84 from 2007, but has so far been able to hold above 50 per cent ($22.42) of its all-time high, which is a positive sign. Given that NAB has spent a lot of time in a zigzag formation above this level; you can see how strong this level has been for its shares. At present NAB is probably my least preferred bank stocks when weighing up the risks from a technical perspective, but while it stays above this 50 per cent level it has a greater probability of rising than falling.

    What is holding it back? You can see how a few months ago NAB attempted to break the $26.00 level overhead, which has proven to be an important threshold for those just not willing to pay more for NAB. If you are a bit of a contrarian and like to pick underdogs, you may decide to keep NAB on your watch list because very soon I am expecting it to show where it is headed. A move back below the 50 per cent level would not bode well for those holding NAB.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy For 2013: KeyCorp (KEY)

KeyCorp is a bank holding company for KeyBank National Association (KeyBank). Through KeyBank and certain other subsidiaries, the Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance and investment banking products and services to individual, corporate and institutional clients through two business segments: Key Community Bank and Key Corporate Bank. As of December 31, 2011, these services were provided through KeyBank’s 1,058 full-service retail banking branches in 14 states, additional offices, a telephone banking call center services group and a network of 1,579 automated teller machines (ATMs) in 15 states. On January 17, 2012, the Company opened another national bank subsidiary.

 

In addition to the banking services of accepting deposits and making loans, the Bank and trust company subsidiaries offer personal and corporate trust services, personal financial services, access to mutual funds, cash management services, investment banking and capital markets products, and international banking services. Through its bank, trust company and investment adviser subsidiaries, the Company provides investment management services to clients that include corporate and public retirement plans, foundations and endowments, individuals and trust funds. The Company provides other financial services – both within and outside of its primary banking markets – through various nonbank subsidiaries. These services include community development financing, securities underwriting and brokerage. It is also an equity participant in a joint venture that provides merchant services to businesses.

 

Lending Activities

 

As of December 31, 2011, the Company’s Commercial, Financial and Agricultural loans, also referred to as Commercial and Industrial, represented 39% of its total loan portfolio. As of December 31, 2011, commercial real estate loans represented approximately 19% of its total loan portfolio. These loans include both owner and nonowner-occupied properties and constitute approximately 27% of its commercial loan portfolio. Its commercial real estate lending business is conducted through two primary sources: its 14-state banking franchise, and Real Estate Capital and Corporate Banking Services. The Company conducts financing arrangements through its equipment finance line of business. Commercial lease financing receivables represented 17% of commercial loans at December 31, 2011. The home equity portfolio is the largest segment of its consumer loan portfolio.

 

Investment Activities

 

The Company’s securities portfolio totaled $18 billion at December 31, 2011. Available-for-sale securities were $16 billion at December 31, 2011. Held-to-maturity securities were $2.1 billion at December 31, 2011. At December 31, 2011, it had $2.1 billion in collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) in its held-to-maturity securities portfolio. At December 31, 2011, the Company had $15.9 billion invested in CMOs and other mortgage-backed securities in the available-for-sale portfolio. Federal Agency CMOs constitute most of its held-to-maturity securities along with foreign bonds and preferred equity securities. The investments in equity and mezzanine instruments made by its principal investing unit represented 61% of other investments at December 31, 2011. They include direct investments (investments made in a particular company), as well as indirect investments (investments made through funds that include other investors).

 

Sources of Funds

 

Domestic deposits are the Company’s primary source of funding. During the year ended December 31, 2011, these deposits averaged $58.5 billion and represented 80% of the funds it used to support loans and other earning assets. Wholesale funds, consisting of deposits in its foreign office and short-term borrowings, averaged $3.4 billion during 2011. At December 31, 2011, the Company had $4.7 billion in time deposits of $100,000 or more.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexandra Leigh]On Thursday, KeyCorp shareholders were disappointed as the Cleveland-based bank posted an unanticipated jump in expenses during the fourth quarter during the previous three months. Along with other banks trimming costs to outweigh the pressure on revenue from falling interest rates, KeyCorp has been doing the same, but it has also said that it will continue to invest in future growth, so it might take until the second half for expenses to start decreasing. Expenses increased by 5.4 percent year-over-year, and 3 percent from the third quarter to $756 million, while revenue rose by 9.8 percent to $1.1 billion for the same period but fell 4.4 percent from the third quarter.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy For 2013: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) provides a range of banking and financial products and services to retail, small business, corporate and institutional clients. The Company conducts its operations in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. It also operates in a range of other countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. The Company operates on a divisional structure with Australia, International and Institutional Banking (IIB), New Zealand, and Global Wealth and Private Banking. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had 1,337 branches and other points of representation worldwide, excluding automatic teller machines (ATMs). In September 2012, it sold its remaining shareholding in Visa Inc. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dale Gillham]ANZ’s chart shows a similar story to the financial sector chart, with ANZ moving up from its low around $17.50 in 2011 to trade sideways between $20.00 and $22.00. The first positive sign indicating the pendulum may have shifted to favouring equities occurred when ANZ broke through a trend line and created a potential entry in mid-October 2011. This opportunity was only for short-term traders as there was the risk from very strong overhead resistance at around $22.00 for it to turn down again.

    In November 2011 ANZ fell sharply, which suggested it was more likely to continue falling than to rise. However, since then it has shown some resilience and risen again to challenge $22.00. How it reacts here is important and illustrates why investors need to stay alert. While ANZ holds above $20.31 the likelihood for a continuation of the recent rise increases, and for ANZ to achieve a 10 per cent return in a few months.

Best Bank Stocks To Buy For 2013: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides various banking and financial services in the United States. It generates various deposit products, including checking accounts, savings accounts, money market savings, and time certificates of deposit accounts. The company originates a portfolio of loans comprising commercial loans and lease financing; commercial real estate; residential mortgage; and retail loans consisting of credit cards, retail leasing, home equity and second mortgages, and other retail loans. It also offers wholesale lending, equipment finance, small-ticket leasing, depository, treasury management, capital markets, foreign exchange, and international trade services to middle market, large corporate, commercial real estate, and public sector clients. In addition, U.S. Bancorp provides telebanking and automated teller machine (ATM) services, as well as cash management services. The company, through other subsidiaries, provides trust, private banking, financial advisory, investment management, retail brokerage services, insurance, and custody and fund services; and payment services, including consumer and business credit cards, stored-value cards, debit cards, corporate and purchasing card services, consumer lines of credit, and merchant processing. U.S. Bancorp primarily serves individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. It operates a network of approximately 3,031 banking offices and 5,310 ATMs. The company was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Philip van Doorn]U.S. Bancorp (USB_) of Minneapolis, for example, recorded a 2012 operating return on average assets (ROA) of 1.62%, according to Thomson Reuters Bank Insight, making it one of the best performers among large-cap banks. This performance was not an aberration, as the company was in the top five for return on average equity among actively traded U.S. bank stocks from the beginning of 2006 through the third quarter of 2012.
  • [By Vodicka]Jerry W Levin, who is a Director at U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), sold 1,133 shares on Sep 27 at $24.67 per share for a total value of $27,955. About the company: U.S. Bancorp is a diversified financial services company that provides lending and depository services, cash management, foreign exchange and trust and investment management services. The Company also provides credit card services, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, and leasing. U.S Bancorp operates in the Midwest and Western United States.
  • [By Philip van Doorn]U.S. Bancorp (USB_). O’Connor upgraded USB to a “Buy” rating from a “Hold,” raising his price target to $38 from $29, saying he expected “growth of 28% from 2012-2015, nearly double the industry average of 15%. Two key drivers of this growth are likely to be continued market share gains in mortgage and a pickup in consumer and commercial spending (payments represents 15-20% of USB’s revenue).” The analyst also said that U.S. Bancorp could also see a major boost from GSE reform, since the company’s mortgage loan “origination share has doubled since the crisis, but stands at just 5% vs. 30% at WFC, 10% at JPM and 4% at BAC).” Deutsche Bank estimates that the company will earn $3.06 a share in 2013, with EPS rising to $3.31 in 2014 and $3.65 in 2015. U.S. Bancorp was included amongTheStreet’s 5 Bank Stocks That Can’t Stop Posting Profits, as the company has managed to keep its return on average tangible common equity above 10% for the past 27 quarters, even though the worst period of the credit crisis.
  • [By Louis Navellier]U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) provides its customers with lending and depository services, cash management, foreign exchange and trust and investment management services. Since this time last March, USB is up 19%. USB stock gets an “A” grade for operating margin growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, an “A” grade for cash flow, and a “B” grade for return on equity.
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