Source: ThinkstockMay 17, 2017: The S&P 500 closed lower on the day, down 1.8% at 2,357.25. Separately the DJIA closed down 1.8% as well at 20,608.33. The Nasdaq also closed down 2.6% at 6,011.24.
Wednesday was the worst trading day that the markets have had all year with all major indices down well over 1%. Practically everything was negative in the S&P 500, although there were a couple of exceptions. In terms of industries, only the following were positive on Wednesday: Beverages, Utilities, and REITs. The most negative stocks on Wednesday were large-cap financials and investment houses. With maybe one or two exceptions the entire tech sector posted red arrows.
Crude oil was actually higher on the day up 0.7% at $48.98.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Finally on Friday, the banks begin to report. This is a group that benefits both from President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed deregulation and from rising interest rates. Cramer was bullish on JPMorgan and Bank of America (BAC) , but held Wells Fargo (WFC) , another Action Alerts PLUS name, as his favorite in the group.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
OK, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) might not be the most popular name after its jaw-dropping accounts scandal, but so what? Its still a quality business with a quality stock.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
At the same time, big banks stocks are demonstrating major strength:
Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) is up 2.0 percent.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is up 2.1 percent.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) is up 1.4 percent.
Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is up 1.8 percent.
What To Make Of The Action
Tech investors are feeling the pain on Wednesday, but some see a potential sector rotation as a positive sign of a healthy bull market.
- [By Laurie Kulikowski]
We rate WELLS FARGO & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: New Century Bancorp Inc.(NC)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) got a boost, shooting up 11 percent to $73.85. NACCO Industries disclosed that its subsidiary Hamilton Beach Brands has filed to trade as an independent company. The company announced the retirement of its CEO following Hamilton Beach Brands spin off.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Territorial Bancorp Inc.(TBNK)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Territorial Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBNK) shares touched a new 52-week low of $21.31. Territorial Bancorp shares have dropped 9.43% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.18% in the same period.
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).
Best Financial Stocks To Invest In 2018: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)
- [By Sofia Horta e Costa]
Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.