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As we’ve discussed before, investing in regional banks represent about the purest play on the economy itself. Unlike their opaque, wildly leveraged cousins in investment banking, regional banks tend to rely on good old-fashioned banking fundamentals. That is, when times are good, they can loan out more money and rake…
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Two of the largest lenders showed mixed results as the first earning season of 2014 kicked into full gear. JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) posted disappointing earnings, indicating the bank’s struggle to turn around even as the economy slowly picked pace. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)  in contrast, beat…
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Of all the industries hit hard by the housing crash, finance is potentially the most affected. Not only were the biggest banks forced to go to the federal government, hat in hand, but the housing market and the home loans and mortgage business that goes with it was crippled. However,…
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In 2014 the market favors those that go digital – and discards those that do not. The Amazons (AMZN) have thrived while the Sears (SHLD) of the world have sunk. The sea change encompasses several industries, with Consumer Goods and Services both favoring the technologically savvy, to say nothing of…
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On April 2 DFC Global (DLLR) announced that they were selling out to private equity firm Lone Star Funds for $376 million. The deal, which will pay stockholders a 6 percent premium on their shares, follows a tumultuous 2014 that saw DFC struggle to keep their controversial lending business afloat…
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Real estate website Zillow Inc. (Z) is coming off its highest volume week in its history, as the company has announced plans to diversify its already robust revenue stream. However, the company is not without its detractors, and currently carries one of the highest short floats in the entire Financial…
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In a stock move that so far appears to be fueled entirely by analyst bullishness, shares of the BofI Holding Inc. (BOFI) rose significantly on March 28. Analysts on both the fundamental and technical side predicted room for growth for BofI, triggering a buying frenzy that sent shares up nearly…
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On Mar 27 a conglomerate of European financial authorities revealed they were committing some $11.4 billion USD to Greece to help spur the country’s still-stagnant economy. Greece needs all the help it can get, as early signs of a recovery last year have been hampered by a growing GDP shrink…
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Dividend investing can be a safe, effective way to play the market. Many companies are loathe to pay out too much of a guaranteed return to investors, assuming they want to keep the money to spend it on themselves. But that’s not always the case –- at least outside of…
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On Friday the Salt Lake City-headquartered Zions Bancorporation (ZION) was found to have insufficient reserves to cover themselves in the event of financial catastrophe, failing a stress test administered by the Federal Reserve. Zions will be forced to shore up their reserves, shed their riskiest loans, and resubmit for approval.…
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On March 19 one of Ireland’s largest lenders, the Governor Company Bank of Ireland (IRE) announced that they would not be appointing the recently departed head of their “non-core division” that was responsible for selling 10 billion euros ($13.8 billion US) worth of foreign loans, suggesting the bank has finally…
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On Mar. 19 investment bank JPMorgan Chase and Co. (JPM) finally unloaded their physical commodities trading desk on Swiss trading group Mercuria Energy for $3.5 billion in cash. The sale of the desk, a task JPMorgan has been trying to complete for months, represents a final divestment from a business…
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