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  1. BofA, U.S. Bancorp Sued by NCUA over Sale of Risky RMBS - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    NCUA has sued BofA and U.S. Bancorp for recovering losses on $5.8 billion worth of RMBS sold to five corporate credit unions.
  2. Citigroup (C) Keeps Traders' Bonus Unchanged from 2013 - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Citigroup Inc.'s (C) 2014-end bonus pool for its traders will be kept unchanged from 2013, despite declining trading revenues ...
  3. U.S. Bancorp Rises on Growth Initiatives; Should We Hold? - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 9, 2014, we issued an updated research report on U.S. Bancorp (USB). Shares of this major regional bank have recorded ...
  4. UMB Financial (UMBF) Set to Acquire Marquette for $182.5M - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    UMB Financial (UMBF) announced a definitive contract with the Pohlad family of Minneapolis to acquire the latter's privately ...
  5. In The Week Ahead: The Sector (and Breakout Stock) to Watch as ...

    December 7, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week except for the Nasdaq 100, which lost 0.6%. Technology ...
  6. In The Week Ahead: The Breakout Stock To Watch As We Ring In ...

    December 7, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week except for the Nasdaq 100, which lost 0.6%. Technology ...
  7. U.S. Banks with Growth Potential - Industry Outlook

    December 2, 2014
    U.S. Banks with Growth Potential - Industry Outlook
  8. Insiders At These 4 Companies Are Buying Stock -- Should You?

    November 30, 2014
    As earnings season closed, the window for insiders opened. And they took great advantage of this opportunity, with dozens ...
  9. 9 Widely Overlooked Small Banks That Offer Big Profit Potential

    November 18, 2014
    Last week we talked about riding the coat tails of bank stock activists to earn out sized profits in the stock market. A ...
  10. Bull of the Day: Great Southern (GSBC) - Bull of the Day

    November 10, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Great Southern (GSBC) - Bull of the Day
  11. Motley Fool Analysts Like Tech, Coffee And More Long-Term Views

    November 5, 2014
    Last Friday's episode of Motley Fool Money, hosted by Chris Hilton, had analysts Jason Moser, Jeff Fischer and Andy Cross ...
  12. A 'Forever Stock' Poised For Global Domination

    November 4, 2014
    The backdrop is Bangkok, Thailand -- where I'm spending a week meeting with colleagues before heading on to Myanmar. I happened ...
  13. How A Bank Stress Test Works

    October 30, 2014
    Recently released European Banking Authority (EBA) stress test results have many banks breathing a sigh of relief and some ...
  14. Foreign Banks: Geopolitics, Regulations Cloud Prospects - Industry ...

    October 20, 2014
    Foreign Banks: Geopolitics, Regulations Cloud Prospects - Industry Outlook
  15. Apple Pay Vs. PayPal And Others: The Race For Mobile Payment ...

    October 20, 2014
    The mobile payment industry will shift into high gear as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: game-changer for small businesses, but what ...
  16. Dividend Investors Rejoice: Falling Markets Mean Rising Yields

    October 14, 2014
    In the early stages of the bull market, investors flocked to companies with steady and growing dividends. Yet, since the ...
  17. Dividend Investors Rejoice: Falling Markets Means Rising Yields

    October 14, 2014
    In the early stages of the bull market, investors flocked to companies with steady and growing dividends. Yet, since the ...
  18. Are Cost-Control Measures Driving Consumer Staples? - Industry ...

    October 13, 2014
    Are Cost-Control Measures Driving Consumer Staples? - Industry Outlook
  19. Priming the Pump for Q3 Earnings - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 30, 2014
    Stocks are indicated to start the last trading session of Q3 on a positive note, despite more evidence of global growth challenges.
  20. Bull of the Day: Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) - Bull of the Day

    September 18, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) - Bull of the Day
  21. How To Profit From The 'Frugal Nation' Phenomenon

    August 20, 2014
    Last month, I looked in disbelief at how quickly the media was to trumpet the "great" news of the job report for ...
  22. Starbucks Could Pop 18% This Year -- Here's Your Playbook

    August 4, 2014
    As an analyst who combines technical and fundamental analysis, I light up when I see a stock with solid fundamental growth ...
  23. Half-way Through the S&P 500 - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 25, 2014
    We now have Q2 results from 226 S&P 500 members that combined account for 53% of the index's total market capitalization.
  24. 15 Companies That Are Killing It With Equal Rights

    July 2, 2014
    The Supreme Court's decision on Monday, in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, exempted some companies from offering contraceptive ...
  25. REITs: Something to Build On - Industry Outlook

    June 12, 2014
    REITs: Something to Build On - Industry Outlook
  26. Stable China vs. Wobbly Eurozone - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 3, 2014
    The soft European data could be interpreted in the "bad news is good news" category given widespread expectations ...
  27. Will May Strength Continue in June? - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 2, 2014
    Beyond China, the U.S. manufacturing ISM reading is expected to improve to 55.5 from April's 54.9 reading.
  28. Income Play On Starbucks Could Earn 190%

    May 5, 2014
    Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) has stalled out following an 85%-plus run from its October 2012 low to the November 2013 high. For ...
  29. The fifth-largest U.S. bank by deposits and among the very best in terms of return on capital, U.S. Bancorp (USB) has been finding it more and more challenging to surpass expectations.

    U.S. Bancorp Finds It Harder To Top Itself

    April 25, 2014
    The fifth-largest U.S. bank by deposits and among the very best in terms of return on capital, U.S. Bancorp (USB) has been ...
  30. Grasping a Good Sense About Q1 Earnings - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 25, 2014
    The key takeaway, including morning reports from Ford (F) and Moody's (MCO) is that there is not much growth and the outlook ...
  31. U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 8, 2014
    U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook
  32.  Once an innovator, McDonald's new products like Mighty Wings and McWraps aren't whetting consumer appetites.

    McDonald's Can No Longer Thrive on Just Burgers And Fries

    March 20, 2014
    Once an innovator, McDonald's new products like Mighty Wings and McWraps aren't whetting consumer appetites. The burger chain ...
  33. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  34. A Stock To Own In Any Market... With 'The Most Loyal Customers ...

    March 10, 2014
    Would you pay $1,225 for a gift card worth $400?It sounds ridiculous. No one should be willing to exchange over a grand in ...
  35. Bear of the Day: Tim Horton's (THI) - Bear of the Day

    March 3, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Tim Horton's (THI) - Bear of the Day
  36. For investors, the time could be right to add a jolt of java to their holdings.

    Giving Your Portfolio A Jolt With Coffee

    February 26, 2014
    The world continues to drink more coffee. Yet, supplies continue to drop. The recent weather issues are exacerbating those ...
  37. Consumer Staples Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 18, 2014
    Consumer Staples Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  38. This Income Strategy Combines The Best Of Both Worlds

    February 12, 2014
    The covered call strategy has some tremendous benefits. It allows us to boost the amount of income we receive from our investment ...
  39. Earnings in Focus This Week - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 20, 2014
    The focus this week will be on corporate earnings as the 2013 Q4 reporting cycle ramps up, with 69 S&P 500 members are ...
  40. Are You Set for Cyber Monday? - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 2, 2013
    ...And the Retail onslaught continues.
  41. the global economy seems to be finally firing on all cylinders

    The Time For Cyclical Stocks Is Now

    November 25, 2013
    Its official, the data is pointing towards the next phase of the business cycle- economic expansion. That means, it’s time ...
  42. Why Starbucks Is Still A Growth Stock

    November 25, 2013
    The number of Starbucks coffee shops that flooded the market during the mid-2000s was almost comical. In 2008, there were ...
  43. Potbelly Sandwich Shop's goal is to create toasty sandwiches to order using high quality meats, cheeses and veggies and get the patron through the line really fast.

    Five Reasons Not To Bite Into Potbelly's IPO

    September 25, 2013
    Potbelly Corporation set the terms for its IPO September 23. If you include the underwriters over-allotment, the Chicago-based ...
  44. McDonald's And Other Restaurant Stocks To Sell Now (DRI, MCD, ...

    September 24, 2013
    New research from Oppenheimer suggests that many leisure stocks may be overpriced now. The analysts suggest that investors ...
  45. Outerwall's Stock Tanks: Time To Buy?

    September 18, 2013
    Outerwall, the maker of Redbox and Coinstar automated kiosks, seriously reduced its third quarter and full-year revenue and ...
  46. How To Profit From Back To School Spending With ETFs

    August 14, 2013
    With major U.S. equity indexes sitting at all-time highs and emerging markets still in a very deep hole, many on the sidelines ...
  47. Starbucks Shows Why It's Starbucks

    July 26, 2013
    Starbucks Shows Why It's Starbucks by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA Alright, Will Ashworth, you win this round! One quarter ...
  48. Illuminate Your Portfolio With LEDs

    July 19, 2013
    While new sources of supplies are helping curb the energy crisis, the truth is that we are still using more and more. That’s ...
  49. BB&T In Good Shape With Credit, But Growth Is Iffy

    July 18, 2013
    Higher expenses mitigate the benefits of significantly better credit.
  50. Bank Of America Brings The Growth

    July 17, 2013
    Effective expensive reduction and lower credit costs continue to drive the story at Bank of America.
  51. Citigroup Continues The Theme Of Decent Big Bank Earnings

    July 15, 2013
    Citi continues to fix its legacy problems, but core growth remains weak.
  52. Wells Fargo Managing The Slowdown Quite Well

    July 12, 2013
    This is a slow-growth environment for big banks, but Wells Fargo is mangaging the slowdown well.
  53. JPMorgan Seeing Strong Credit, But Iffy Growth Momentum

    July 12, 2013
    JPMorgan continues to hit its marks on credit, though loan growth and NIM were both weak.
  54. Noodles Doubles In IPO Debut: Time To Sell?

    July 3, 2013
    Fast Casual restaurant chain Noodles and Company (Nasdaq:NDLS) priced its IPO June 27 at $18. In its first day of trading ...
  55. Constellation Comes In A Little Soft, But Will Anyone Really ...

    July 2, 2013
    Constellation is highly prized by the Street, but operating performance came up a bit short.
  56. Starbucks to Expand in Malaysia - Analyst Blog

    June 27, 2013
    Starbucks plans to open 100 new stores in Malaysia over the next four years.
  57. 5 Highest Yielding Zacks #1 Ranked Government Bond Mutual Funds ...

    June 27, 2013
    In this article we share with you the 5 highest yielding Zacks #1 ranked government bond mutual funds. Each has earned a ...
  58. Darden's California Fight A Huge Mistake

    June 24, 2013
    Darden CEO Clarence Otis is fighting California's passage of Assembly Bill 880, which prevents large companies from cutting ...
  59. QE Tapering Could Make These Bond ETFs Winners - ETF News And ...

    June 21, 2013
    Why investors may want to look to inverse bond ETFs if rates continue to rise.
  60. U.S. Bancorp Hikes Dividend (revised) - Analyst Blog

    June 20, 2013
    As part of its effort to enhance shareholder value, U.S. Bancorp declared an 18% hike in its quarterly cash dividend.
  61. FNB to Acquire BCSB Bancorp - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    FNB is moving forward with its strategy to grow through acquisitions. The company announced a deal to acquire BCSB Bancorp ...
  62. Strong Buy on Kearny Financial - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2013
    Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kearny Financial Corp. to a Zacks Rank #1 on June 12, 2013.
  63. Challenging Conditions And Conservatism Keeping U.S. Bancorp ...

    June 13, 2013
    The banking market hasn't gotten much better so far this summer, but U.S. Bancorp is still attractively priced for the long ...
  64. Fifth Third Is One Of The Few Banks With Positive Levers To Pull

    June 4, 2013
    Fifth Third's capital return capabilities make it a relative standout in the sector.
  65. Express Rides Fashion Star To Online Success

    May 31, 2013
    Specialty retailer Express announced first quarter earnings May 30 that beat the consensus estimate. Not only that but it ...
  66. Cost Discipline Driving The Story At PNC Financial

    May 28, 2013
    If PNC can execute on it cost-cutting initiatves, the value creation could be meaningful
  67. It's Still Miller Time In The Emerging Markets

    May 23, 2013
    SABMiller is expensive, but the company's long-term growth potential in emerging markets is enormous.
  68. Better Margins Are Nice, But Are Green Mountain Investors Too ...

    May 9, 2013
    Are investors going to get scalded by this Starbucks-Green Mountain deal?
  69. Zions Bancorp Will Likely Find It Harder From Here

    May 6, 2013
    Zions has had a good run, but it may be slower going as lending competition intensifies.
  70. Simpler Looks Better For First Horizon

    May 6, 2013
    Deprioritizing non-strategic lending and refocusing on regional banking should be good for First Horizon in the long-term. ...
  71. Starbucks: A Premium Worth Paying

    April 29, 2013
    Starbucks delivered record second-quarter results April 25. With every part of its business doing well (Europe excepted), ...
  72. Starbucks' Special Model Is Valuable, But Maybe Not This Valuable

    April 26, 2013
    Starbucks continues to deliver good execution, but the valuation demands greatness.
  73. Mediocre Performance Clouding BB&T's Long-Term Value

    April 18, 2013
    I remain quite positive on BB&T shares, though I am more bullish than most sell-side analysts.
  74. Investors Seem To Be Overrating Bank Of America

    April 17, 2013
    In any case, I think U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo offer more upside from today's levels than Bank of America.
  75. Sinclair Broadcast Buying Binge Continues

    April 16, 2013
    Sinclair Broadcast Group strenghtened its bench in the Pacific Northwest April 11 with the announcement of its $373 million ...
  76. Comerica Looks Like A Slow-Coiling Spring

    April 16, 2013
    With interest rates so low, loan demand pretty sluggish, and regulations chewing into once-lucrative sources of income, most ...
  77. U.S. Bancorp Is Strong But Needs Growth

    April 16, 2013
    As is the case at other regional/super-regional banks like Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp looks undervalued today provided you're ...
  78. Citigroup Looking More Like A Normal Big Bank These Days

    April 15, 2013
    With its first full quarter with new CEO Michael Corbat in charge now in the books, Citigroup (NYSE:C) continues to make ...
  79. Core Growth At Wells Fargo Is Weak, But The Multiple Doesn't ...

    April 12, 2013
    Wells Fargo is growth-challenged today, but that's creating a long-term buying opportunity in the shares.
  80. Is Lululemon's Chief Product Officer to Blame For Sheer Debacle?

    April 5, 2013
    Lululemon announced April 3 that Chief Product Officer Sheree Waterson was leaving the company as of April 15. Assigning ...
  81. Is it Time To See Through Lululemon?

    March 20, 2013
    Lululemon has pulled 17% of its women's bottoms due to a quality problem. It turns out that its latest batch of black luon ...
  82. Fitch Reviews Regional Banks - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Recently, Fitch Ratings concluded the peer review of 16 mid-tier regional banks. The group includes banks with total assets ...
  83. Neutral on Amerisafe - Analyst Blog

    February 14, 2013
    We have retained our recommendation on Amerisafe Inc. (AMSF) at Neutral based on the current sustainability factors, which ...
  84. Starbucks Expands in India - Analyst Blog

    February 7, 2013
    Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) recently announced the opening of yet another Starbucks store in the lucrative Indian market, ...
  85. Yum! Brands Still Has Indigestion, But Investors Have An Opportunity

    February 7, 2013
    A sharp drop in guidance for 2013 will spook investors, but may create a bargain.
  86. Krispy Kreme Opens In India

    January 24, 2013
    Krispy Kreme opens in Bangalore with its partners expected to deliver up to 80 outlets. The future continues to look bright. ...
  87. Brazil's Growing, But That May Not Help Banco Bradesco Enough

    January 22, 2013
    Bradesco is performing well today, but spread compression could hurt the stock.
  88. Steady As She Goes Is Fine For U.S. Bancorp

    January 21, 2013
    U.S. Bancorp remains underappreciated for its superior quality.
  89. What Propels Bank Of America From Here?

    January 21, 2013
    Bank of America is getting better, but the long-term value seems limited from here.
  90. Has Citigroup Cleared The Decks, Or Found New Problems?

    January 21, 2013
    Citi's surprising provision raises new questions.
  91. Take a Breather Before Earnings Deluge - Analyst Blog

    January 21, 2013
    With the markets closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the earnings season takes the day off as the reporting flood ...
  92. Associated Reports In Line Results - Analyst Blog

    January 21, 2013
    Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC) reported its fourth quarter 2012 earnings of 26 cents per share, which came in line with the ...
  93. Krispy Kreme Forays into India - Analyst Blog

    January 21, 2013
    Finally, India has got its first Krispy Kreme Doughnut Inc. (KKD) franchised outlet in the city of Bangalore. The latest ...
  94. Investors Go Crazy Over Express Upping Guidance

    January 18, 2013
    Express shares ended January 15 up 24% after upping its fourth quarter and full-year guidance. Is the frenzy justified?
  95. Quality, But Not Much Growth Or Value At Commerce Bancshares

    January 18, 2013
    Commerce is doing okay in an increasingly difficult environment.
  96. Can Wells Fargo Stay Ahead Of The Curve?

    January 15, 2013
    Wells Fargo posts a decent quarter, but spread compression is still a threat.
  97. SABESP Approves Share Count Hike - Analyst Blog

    January 14, 2013
    Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo- SABESP (SBS), a leading provider of basic and environmental sanitation ...
  98. Is it Time to Dump Bank Stocks?

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  99. Short Sellers Are Loading up on Bank Stocks, Should You Follow ...

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  100. First Republic Looks To Be A Very Different Kind Of Bank

    January 11, 2013
    Can First Republic deliver better returns with a focused model?
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