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5 Financial Stocks Investors Hate But Analysts Love

  +Follow December 9, 2013 8:43AM
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Here at Equities.com we take a keen interest in the disparity between what the market experts think will happen with plays, and what is actually playing out. The gulf between the analysts and the retail investors is perhaps most pronounced in the financial sector, where opaqueness can lead the two groups to take diametrically opposed positions on plays, with large groups playing long and short against each other.

As we wind down 2013 we thought it would be interesting to look to see what plays were currently splitting the investment community. That is, what financial stocks maintained high marks from analysts, yet were courting bets against them at exceedingly high rates?

To find these plays, we looked for financial stocks that could answer “yes” to the following questions:

1)      Does the stock currently have a short float of 25 percent or higher?

Plays where over 25 percent of shares are being “shorted” (or bet to fall) can definitely be considered to have an unusually high amount of investors betting against them.

2)      Does the stock currently have an analyst consensus rating of “buy” or better?

There are plenty of stocks out there that both the market and experts agree are no good. There are many that the market is actively shorting, but consensus still leans away from recommending investment. A consensus of “buy” or stringer indicates the majority of firms still believe the stoc will defy the shorters and rise in value.

Incredibly, out of all the financial sector stocks currently trading on NASDAQ or the NYSE we only found five stocks that could answer “yes” top both questions. They are:

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI)

Market-Cap: $3.05 billion

Price:  $41.06

P/E: 11.6

Performance YTD: +59.21

Short Float Percentage: 29.06

 

PacWest Bancorp (PACW)

Market-Cap: $1.87 billion

Price: $42.11

P/E: 27.34

Performance YTD: +75.53

Short Float Percentage: 27.92

 

PHH Corporation (PHH)

Market-Cap: $1.34 billion

Price: $23.35

P/E: 10.81

Performance YTD: +2.64

Short Float Percentage: 31.20

 

Radian Group Inc. (RDN)

Market-Cap: $2.49 billion

Price: $14.50

P/E: N/A

Performance YTD: +137.70

Short Float Percentage:  27.06

 

World Acceptance Corp. (WRLD)

Market-Cap: $1.08 billion

Price: $89.91

P/E: 10.86

Performance YTD: +20.45

Short Float Percentage: 30.11

Results for AFSI
chartguy89
18 Apr 14 21:02:04
AFSI 36.44 Stock Charts $AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ) AFSI Stock Chart - 1 Month http://bigch http://t.co/KNeItnW556
Stock_Tracker
17 Apr 14 15:49:28
Amtrust Financial Services (AFSI) 36.44 $AFSI Aspen Insurance Turns Down Buyout Offer - Analyst Blog Zacks Equ http://t.co/GUoixdeWju
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16 Apr 14 12:45:05
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Sees Unusually High Options Volume (AFSI) http://t.co/zjjar1gC6E
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16 Apr 14 12:22:39
$AFSI Aspen Insurance Turns Down Buyout Offer - Analyst Blog http://t.co/CANpQkeMz1
AllyGMorrison
16 Apr 14 00:45:04
$AFSI Aspen Insurance Turns Down Buyout Offer - Analyst Blog http://t.co/qlWASe2glT
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16 Apr 14 00:07:35
$AFSI Strength Seen in Aspen Insurance Holdings (AHL): Stock Up 11.2% - Tale of the ... http://t.co/xQ06d6Y3VX
AllyGMorrison
15 Apr 14 23:56:05
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Sees Unusually High Options Volume (AFSI) http://t.co/uykCUioUeX
NiceReturn
15 Apr 14 23:16:34
$AFSI Strategic Agreements, Client Support Website Launch, and Earnings Release ... http://t.co/gNXpWN367t
NiceReturn
15 Apr 14 21:51:16
$AFSI Strength Seen in Aspen Insurance Holdings (AHL): Stock Up 11.2% http://t.co/mYsVfGjPzo
AllyGMorrison
15 Apr 14 16:42:34
$AFSI Aspen Insurance Turns Down Buyout Offer - Analyst Blog http://t.co/qlWASe2glT
AllyGMorrison
15 Apr 14 15:36:05
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Sees Unusually High Options Volume (AFSI) http://t.co/uykCUioUeX
NiceReturn
15 Apr 14 15:14:08
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services EVP Sells $346952 in Stock (AFSI) http://t.co/u9oS17H00G
US Banking News
15 Apr 14 14:49:47
AmTrust Financial Services Sees Unusually High Options Volume $AFSI http://t.co/DashjCukCY
Lightspeed Financial
15 Apr 14 11:54:56
Call/Put Highest % volume changes: Calls: $ARMH, $LLTC, $ARUN, $TRQ, $KSU. Puts: $ANV, $TRQ, $AFSI, $DRI, $CALL.
Ticker Report
15 Apr 14 05:27:28
Insider Selling: AmTrust Financial Services EVP Sells 9,550 Shares of Stock $AFSI http://t.co/ipuVisnqVN
Mattias Hertz
15 Apr 14 04:29:05
$AFSI: Strength Seen in Aspen Insurance Holdings (AHL): Stock Up 11.2% http://t.co/8mUX2aEC5r
AllyGMorrison
15 Apr 14 04:15:07
$AFSI Strength Seen in Aspen Insurance Holdings (AHL): Stock Up 11.2% http://t.co/S1lXb3C7Ri
Stock News 24
15 Apr 14 03:49:05
$AFSI - Strength Seen in Aspen Insurance Holdings (AHL): Stock Up 11.2% -> http://t.co/5FsAMHOtWR #stock #stocks #stockaction
takethisbet
15 Apr 14 01:09:05
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15 Apr 14 01:09:05
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AllyGMorrison
14 Apr 14 17:18:11
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services EVP Sells $346952 in Stock (AFSI) http://t.co/YdroSHFdSF
NiceReturn
14 Apr 14 17:12:12
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services EVP Sells $346952 in Stock (AFSI) http://t.co/u9oS17H00G
US Banking News
14 Apr 14 16:49:40
AmTrust Financial Services EVP Sells $346,952 in Stock $AFSI http://t.co/8bng7fp51b
Andie Andrewson
14 Apr 14 05:22:04
$AFSI: AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. Files SEC form 8-K, Entry into a Mate... http://t.co/dzgV3OHuLm
stocknews247
14 Apr 14 05:17:34
$AFSI - AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. Files SEC form 8-K, Entry into a Mate... -> http://t.co/aeTdETkFG9 #stock #stocks #stockaction
4-traders.com
14 Apr 14 05:05:48
AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES : Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Termination of a Material Definiti... http://t.co/7KePtmqKoP $AFSI
AllyGMorrison
13 Apr 14 17:16:05
$AFSI Unrated PII insurers still tempting hard-pressed firms http://t.co/0ZvJwtze9G
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13 Apr 14 17:10:34
$AFSI Unrated PII insurers still tempting hard-pressed firms http://t.co/wm9CcH18d6
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11 Apr 14 11:28:40
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