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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

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


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PennyStockChronicle
26 Nov 14 07:31:16
Mix Stocks in Focus : http://t.co/lPYQyyrPtt $TDS $ROC $AFSI $ALSN
Media Sentiment
26 Nov 14 06:50:34
$AFSI received a new alert. Find out why at http://t.co/5lwmDm2SCs #stocks #daytrading #trading #mkt #NYSE #NASDAQ #markets 144
OptionCast
26 Nov 14 06:49:55
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Brian Lund
26 Nov 14 06:38:37
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John Melloy
26 Nov 14 06:35:25
HA! RT @punkcap: @BKBrianKelly @JohnMelloy don't let your wife see your long side of that pair is $AFSI …@BKBrianKelly
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26 Nov 14 06:31:34
@BKBrianKelly @JohnMelloy don't let your wife see your long side of that pair is $AFSI …@BKBrianKelly >she prefer hugs & kisses
GothamInvesting
26 Nov 14 06:11:19
Not to mention impact on SEC filings. @AMBestRatings often reacts when co says "adverse development" $AFSI avoids using phrase. Coincidence?
GothamInvesting
26 Nov 14 06:07:43
Why did $AFSI CFO say 86-88% combined ratio for ital med mal when subsid filings show 110% (and rising bc adverse dev) for relevant segment?
NASDAQ
26 Nov 14 05:19:05
$AFSI - Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) http://t.co/oRoJUheyod
Insider Filings
26 Nov 14 05:17:08
$AFSI: Caviet Max G sold a net $171,655 in Amtrust Financial Services, Inc.. http://t.co/pxnIC9sqrQ
Livevol Community
26 Nov 14 05:01:10
IV30(TM) GAINER $FNF +26.01% $HES +14.55% $NES +14.52% $AFSI +13.18% $HPQ +13.14% $CLR +13.05% $OAS +12.95% http://t.co/gwzPxhFaBv
Don Fishback
26 Nov 14 04:32:41
Negative Implied Borrow Rate $WLT, $AFSI, $XONE, $GDP, $GPRO http://t.co/JgEHM8qPEG
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26 Nov 14 04:32:41
Negative Implied Borrow Rate $WLT, $AFSI, $XONE, $GDP, $GPRO http://t.co/8t1q3uGpxL
4-traders.com
25 Nov 14 17:05:01
AmTrust Financial Services : Announces Its Intent to Acquire CorePointe Insurance Company http://t.co/SClk9YAVYb $AFSI
3904b15
25 Nov 14 16:17:17
@max02050 Teferes ($AFSI CEO fdtn) sent $842k/37.5% to Am Friends of Mosdot Meir from 2010-2012 (2013 not avail) 90% Tef's assets in $AFSI.
FinSentS NASDAQ
25 Nov 14 15:30:50
$AFSI:US AmTrust Financial Acquires CorePointe Expands Globally #AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES http://t.co/cdQKgIXyx9 #NASDAQ
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25 Nov 14 14:07:10
AmTrust Financial Services Larger Than S&P 500 Component Allegheny Technologies $AFSI $ATI #stocks http://t.co/LeWtzolF8R
4-traders.com
25 Nov 14 13:05:24
AmTrust Financial Services : A.M. Best Places Ratings of CorePointe Insurance Company Under Review With Pos... http://t.co/y7ql6kzlXZ $AFSI
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25 Nov 14 13:05:22
$AFSI - A.M. Best Places Ratings of CorePointe Insurance Company Under Review With Positive Implications http://t.co/nb58qniqXs
Justin
25 Nov 14 12:03:17
$AFSI a sweep of Dec $53.50 puts bought at $6.90
3904b15
25 Nov 14 08:34:13
@max02050 over 1/3 $afsi CEO fdtn distrib. Note that am friends of mm filed 990s mult yrs late.
3904b15
25 Nov 14 06:10:50
In honor of $AFSI fdtn shuffle (which does not fix EBH problem), i added pic to my profile...3904 15th ave brklyn. Teferes sends big $ here.
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25 Nov 14 05:35:38
---Breakouts: $AFSI 53.80 $PLT 52.65 $BABY $CHVM $AVGO 92 $FTNT 27.53 $EPAM 50.41 #stocks
FinSentS NASDAQ
24 Nov 14 15:28:59
$AFSI:US AmTrust Financial To Acquire CorePointe Insurance Company #AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES http://t.co/02xHbab7iC #NASDAQ
Alexander Morris
24 Nov 14 12:02:57
$AFSI: Exc 1DyHIGH=52.38, hits:2, ch:+2.7%, allTFs+, medFlt:37M, HiPctSht[36%:10d], DyVol:750T:0.5x:0.6x, DyRng:2.8%:0.7x:0.9x
Clair Voight
24 Nov 14 10:31:53
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services: A P&C Blow-Up In The Making - Part I http://t.co/VRRSRq0X0d
Samuel Brown
24 Nov 14 10:31:51
$AFSI AmTrust Financial Services to Acquire CorePointe Insurance Co. http://t.co/iukXe4cFGo
InsiderTradingWire
24 Nov 14 10:07:52
$AFSI | AmTrust Financial is up 20% since we reported $4,332,843 of insider buying on 08/21/2014. Did you make ... - http://t.co/JQHM30AUbq
Lucky Jimmy
24 Nov 14 09:14:31
AFSI Stock up +2.08% percent Today $AFSI High is at 52.74 and the Low 51.31 with current volume of 159,658. Am http://t.co/mhQZP8BGBE
Lucky Jimmy
24 Nov 14 09:14:09
$AFSI AFSI up +2.08% percent Today $AFSI Stock High is at 52.74 and the Low 51.31 with current volume of 159,658. Am http://t.co/HzT33Cz7gs
4-traders.com
24 Nov 14 09:10:03
AmTrust Financial Services : CorePointe Group LLC : Announces Its Intent to Sell CorePointe Insurance Compa... http://t.co/6kaz1HKM5H $AFSI
NASDAQ
24 Nov 14 09:09:04
$AFSI - CorePointe Group LLC Announces Its Intent to Sell CorePointe Insurance Company to AmTrust Financial http://t.co/UzbXWUuZy3
Briefing.com
24 Nov 14 07:36:07
$AFSI: Amtrust Financial to acquire CorePointe Insurance Company, expected to be immediately accretive http://t.co/XZlIcijt17
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24 Nov 14 06:57:47
$AFSI to acquire Corepointe Insurance co. http://t.co/ZsZVHhctQc
Media Sentiment
24 Nov 14 06:44:55
$AFSI received a new alert. Find out why at http://t.co/5lwmDm2SCs #stocks #daytrading #trading #mkt #NYSE #NASDAQ #markets 166
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24 Nov 14 06:37:59
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3904b15
24 Nov 14 06:24:19
RT @QuoththeRavenSA: $AFSI trying to buy their way out of trouble?
Mongoose Asset Mgmt.
24 Nov 14 06:23:52
@gothaminvesting @QuoththeRavenSA agreed. Case rsrvs inadeq & pace case being pd =no way there is not adv dev at $afsi go fwd. desp to grow.
GothamInvesting
24 Nov 14 06:18:20
@QuoththeRavenSA funny timing...Friday nt 13d/a (6 days late) of fdtn shuffle. $afsi reserves terr. 2012/prior ibnr almost nil us subs.
Quoth the Raven
24 Nov 14 06:10:18
$AFSI trying to buy their way out of trouble?
MarketCurrents
24 Nov 14 05:42:44
AmTrust agrees to buy CorePointe Insurance http://t.co/UuOJ72EObz #premarket $AFSI
GothamInvesting
24 Nov 14 05:04:54
RT @BoydRoddy: In light of the $AFSI Friday disclosure re M Karfunkel shares, perhaps a re-read of this is in order: http://t.co/lMyaXj6QEC
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24 Nov 14 05:00:09
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23 Nov 14 21:43:34
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Mongoose Asset Mgmt.
23 Nov 14 10:47:22
RT @3904b15: @NCRP @NonProfitTimes Chairman of $AFSI has fdtn transfer shares to son in law CEO's fdtn after @BoydRoddy notes Excess Biz Hl…
Mongoose Asset Mgmt.
23 Nov 14 10:46:38
RT @3904b15: @NCRP @NonProfitTimes @BoydRoddy but looks like this doesn't resolve EBH of $afsi problem. Where is @IRSnews or @AGSchneiderma…
3904b15
23 Nov 14 10:44:58
@NCRP @NonProfitTimes @BoydRoddy @IRSnews @AGSchneiderman $afsi filing with details: http://t.co/nNu0M7rb5o
3904b15
23 Nov 14 10:42:32
@NCRP @NonProfitTimes @BoydRoddy but looks like this doesn't resolve EBH of $afsi problem. Where is @IRSnews or @AGSchneiderman on this? 2/2
3904b15
23 Nov 14 10:39:37
@NCRP @NonProfitTimes Chairman of $AFSI has fdtn transfer shares to son in law CEO's fdtn after @BoydRoddy notes Excess Biz Hldgs. 1/2
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23 Nov 14 02:41:04
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