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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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Stock Relay
24 Oct 14 09:15:52
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InsiderTradingWire
24 Oct 14 06:19:48
$AFSI | AmTrust Financial is up 16% since we reported $4,332,843 of insider buying on 08/21/2014. Did you make ... - http://t.co/po8vvsmmMt
Stock Relay
23 Oct 14 19:37:17
stockblaster14: Stock Alerts: Amtrust Financial Services (AFSI) 50.20 $AFSI http://t.co/aKtUeSotQV
BNK Invest
23 Oct 14 09:13:49
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23 Oct 14 08:27:00
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equities.com
23 Oct 14 05:03:04
Amtrust Financial Services Inc (AFSI) Hits New 52-week High During October 22 Session $AFSI http://t.co/u4yaDy0cYX
Alex Liauska
23 Oct 14 00:01:52
$AFSI long term position. Will not sell it for at least 5 yrs. Wish me luck.
Inspector Panda
22 Oct 14 22:47:52
Stocks Hold Big Gains; Transportation Rebounds http://t.co/FnhF24AXMX #IBDEditorials via @IBDinvestors $KO $IBM $AFSI $CMG $IXIC $GSPC $DJI
TwentyOne
22 Oct 14 17:55:22
other than the insurance names ($UIHC $NGHC $FNHC $AFSI etc) and some biotechs, the scans are pretty bare for the watch list.
BlackCabbieTrader
22 Oct 14 16:54:14
23/10/14 Long Watch List Part 1 $ADP $AEP $AFSI $AGIO $AHL $AIG $BLL $BRX $CELG $CHD $CHRW $CMS $CTAS $CUBE $CVS $DFT $DTE $DUK
wininstocks2014
22 Oct 14 16:07:09
AFSI 49.96 Stock Charts $AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ) Last Updated: 10/22/2014 18:07:07 AFSI http://t.co/q6FubzC2MC
Bill Gunderson
22 Oct 14 09:51:44
Huge breakout in $AFSI over the last few days. #12 overall. No current position in this small-cap insurer.
Lamp
22 Oct 14 07:24:12
RT @StkConfidential: $ACT, $AFSI, $CELG, $ISRG, $LNKD, $BBRY, $VASC targets raised; $ABG, $ARMH, $EOG, $PXD, $VMW, $ATHL, $BCEI cut; $KS st…
Large Void Bot
22 Oct 14 06:39:12
New 52wk Highs: $AFSI $BAH $EXR
Large Void Bot
22 Oct 14 06:00:36
Popular: $DDD, $NSC, $T, $YELP, $ABT, $R, $LL, $RGLS, $GNTX, $BPOP, $AFSI, $TER, $EFX, $APH, $USB, $DOW, $IR
Paul Johnson
22 Oct 14 05:36:58
$ACT, $AFSI, $CELG, $ISRG, $LNKD, $BBRY, $VASC targets raised; $ABG, $ARMH, $EOG, $PXD, $VMW, $ATHL, $BCEI cut; $KS started w.buy.
Adam Sarhan
22 Oct 14 05:12:46
RT @MichaelGLamothe: Yesterday's biggest % gainers on heavy vol from Chartyourtrade's Universe list include $BITA $AFSI And $PKG http://t.c…
rocketPower
22 Oct 14 05:08:48
buy, buy, buy, $AFSI #trendfollowing, also looks like a doublebottom breakout.
rocketPower
22 Oct 14 05:07:49
Commented on StockTwits: yeah buying is back now. Bought $TQQQ and $AFSI. Finally have a decent gain with $AGIO, ... http://t.co/SMWbE3HKTp
Michael Lamothe
22 Oct 14 05:04:40
Yesterday's biggest % gainers on heavy vol from Chartyourtrade's Universe list include $BITA $AFSI And $PKG http://t.co/Atn1dEVVnL
Michael Lamothe
22 Oct 14 04:29:33
RT @focusedmain: Indexes Mark Follow-Through, Confirming Uptrend http://t.co/tryYHjM3Bb #IBDNews via @IBDinvestors $AKRX $AFSI $ORLY $CMG …
VASComm Ltd.
22 Oct 14 04:12:36
RT @MullerRichard: Indexes Mark Follow-Through, Confirming Uptrend http://t.co/ybfzTLwxLv #IBDNews via @IBDinvestors $AKRX $AFSI $ORLY $CM…
Richard Muller
22 Oct 14 04:07:27
Indexes Mark Follow-Through, Confirming Uptrend http://t.co/ybfzTLwxLv #IBDNews via @IBDinvestors $AKRX $AFSI $ORLY $CMG $AAPL
IVolatility
22 Oct 14 02:52:50
Stocks with implied volatility movement; AmTrust Financial $AFSI 92, Dow Chemical $DOW 36
parabol128
22 Oct 14 02:28:29
@cuzmane $AFSI looks like your cup of tea. Judging by the close it probably gaps up and run
Investors Hangout
22 Oct 14 02:16:46
Stock_Tracker: Amtrust Financial Services (AFSI) 49.95 $AFSI http://t.co/ll86IunKuy
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22 Oct 14 02:16:40
Stock_Tracker: Amtrust Financial Services (AFSI) 49.95 $AFSI http://t.co/CWCy86aMGZ
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22 Oct 14 02:07:47
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22 Oct 14 01:30:45
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22 Oct 14 01:13:43
Amtrust Financial Services Inc (AFSI) Hits New 52-week High During October 21 Session $AFSI http://t.co/2LULh4c6DI
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22 Oct 14 00:13:46
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21 Oct 14 22:00:07
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21 Oct 14 20:00:08
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21 Oct 14 19:08:48
Indexes Mark Follow-Through, Confirming Uptrend http://t.co/S0YOz8eBb7 #IBDNews via @IBDinvestors $AKRX $AFSI $ORLY $CMG $AAPL
Lord Νιcholas
21 Oct 14 19:04:46
$AFSI went beast mode today. http://t.co/7Pk1WOy98j
David Avery
21 Oct 14 18:56:51
Indexes Mark Follow-Through, Confirming Uptrend http://t.co/tryYHjM3Bb #IBDNews via @IBDinvestors $AKRX $AFSI $ORLY $CMG $AAPL
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21 Oct 14 18:46:26
Two new additions today solid breakouts on strong volume $AKRX & $AFSI, as the usual suspects bounce $GILD, $CELG, $BABA, $AAPL, $PANW $FB
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21 Oct 14 18:21:22
Up on volume with notes/analysis $BITA $AFSI & $PKG : http://t.co/TvahglFPmw ChartYourTrade's Shooting Stars
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21 Oct 14 17:58:04
Indexes Mark Follow-Through, Confirming Uptrend http://t.co/KCqN0ftC7M #IBDNews via @IBDinvestors $AKRX $AFSI $ORLY $CMG $AAPL
equities.com
21 Oct 14 17:43:07
AmTrust Financial Services Inc (AFSI) Jumps 9.95% on October 21 $AFSI http://t.co/qF0410T3Iy
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21 Oct 14 16:03:50
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InsiderTradingWire
21 Oct 14 14:10:56
$AFSI | AmTrust Financial is up 16% since we reported $4,332,843 of insider buying on 08/21/2014. Did you make ... - http://t.co/ri7m4eeOOK
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21 Oct 14 14:03:41
Somebody knows something on $AFSI
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21 Oct 14 13:42:41
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TML Trader
21 Oct 14 13:25:04
Notable base breakouts on good volume: $AKRX $AFSI
StockChats
21 Oct 14 13:17:20
Todays winners & losers: $HLF 12.1% $BITA 11.38% $LVNTB 11.51% $AFSI 5.6% http://t.co/TtXKA5jyO4
Graham Jervis
21 Oct 14 13:06:55
whats up with $AFSI
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21 Oct 14 13:02:09
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21 Oct 14 12:02:17
RT @StockSignaling: All-Time Highs: $JWN $LEAF $ARG $CHD $ORLY $LSTR $PEB $MIK $HSNI $BLL $AFSI $VVC $GPC $SHW $UNH http://t.co/Vtx6dLy0Nw …
				
				
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