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The king of passive funds is expanding its presence in the active space. Vanguard said it plans to launch six factor-based ETFs and one factor-based mutual fund — five of which are targeted at financial advisors and institutional investors seeking to maximize value, momentum, liquidity and quality or to minimize volatility.

The funds have expense ratios from $0.13 to $0.18 and should begin trading in the first quarter of 2018. They represent the first actively managed ETFs to be sold by Vanguard in the United States; the firm currently offers factor ETFs in Canada and the United Kingdom. 

The mutual fund and ETFs will offer a multi-factor approach. It would have an investment minimum of $50,000.

“Our factor-based fund offerings serve as a valuable extension of our low-cost active lineup, providing additional ways for suitable investors to help meet their long-term objectives by targeting exposure to specific factors in the market,” said Vanguard Chief Investment Officer Greg Davis, in a statement.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: American International Group Inc.(AIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    American International Group (AIG) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after its earnings fell well short of the Street consensus.

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    AIG dropped 8.9% to $60.85 today, while the S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,349.25.

    Yes, AIG’s earnings were bad. It reported an operating loss of $2.72 a share, missing forecasts for a profit of 42 cents, according to Bloomberg. And it didn’t help that John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. cut its stake in the insurer.

    You’ll notice the forecast is different than what it was in my earlier post on AIG–and an AIG spokesperson even reached out to tell me that the consensus, at least according to FactSet, should had been for a loss of 61 cents a share. Why the confusion? RBC’s Mark Dwelle and Scott Heleniak have your answer:

    In reporting results AIG has recast all of its business segments, transferring various pieces to a Legacy unit, reallocating corporate expenses and net investment income as well as making some changes as to what is included within operating income, the most notable of which is that loss reserve discount effects in U.S. Commercial Insurance (and the Legacy unit) are now excluded from Operating Income. Accordingly, comparisons to prior reported results, and to some extent our 4Q16 estimates, require some reconciliation.

    Macquarie’sAmit Kumar considers the bull and bear cases on AIG:

    On 2/14, after market close, AIG reported a Q4 operating loss of $2.72 per share vs. our estimate of a $0.52 loss and street consensus of a $0.54 loss. Results are not directly comparable to street consensus due to lack of unanimity in terms of reserve adjustment estimates. Results included a higher than estimated $5.6 billion or $3.56/share of adverse development. The company had previously announced the possibility of a material reserve charge in the quarter. The bulls on the stock would note that this quar

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Heading into its earnings following the close of trading yesterday, shares of American International Group (AIG) had gained 34% from its low on Jun. 28 to Feb. 14. Then the bottom fell out.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO’s Charles Sebaski explains why he upgraded American International Group (AIG) to Outperform from market Perform:

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    AIG has been trading at discount to its tangible book given its mid-single digit return profile; however, we expect AIGs valuation to keep increasing with its improving return profile. We are now forecasting AIG to generate a 9.9% operating return on tangible common equity (ROtE) in 2018, which would be a 450 bp improvement from 2016. A double-digit return profile warrants the 1x multiple that we are applying to its tangible book value per share. While we expect AIGs return profile to benefit from lower taxes, we also expect the companys life and retirement business to improve from the rising interest rates as those spread businesses are more interest rate sensitive than the P&C business. That said, we expect continued improvement on both the loss and expense sides of the P&C as contributing factors to the ROtE improve.

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was yet another record-setting day for the stock market, as the Dow climbed triple digits and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite followed the venerable average to unprecedented heights. Economic data showing rising inflation made it more likely that the Federal Reserve will look to boost interest rates at its next Federal Open Market Committee meeting next month, and the ripples throughout the bond market sent many investors to consider stocks instead. Yet despite the substantial rally, some stocks missed out on the move higher, and American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK), and Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to report quarterly earnings at $1.06 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion before the opening bell. Dr Pepper Snapple shares fell 0.07 percent to close at $93.49 on Monday.
    Analysts expect American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG) to post quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $12.87 billion after the closing bell. AIG shares gained 0.38 percent to $66.39 in after-hours trading.
    Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) reported in-line earnings for its fourth quarter, while sales missed expectations. Flowers Foods shares fell 1.87 percent to $20.45 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Diebold Nixdorf Inc (NYSE: DBD) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.31 billion. Diebold Nixdorf shares slipped 0.73 percent to close at $27.20 on Monday.

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: CBOE Holdings Inc.(CBOE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.

  • [By CNNMoney Staff]

    Stocks continued to rally despite the fact that options trading was temporarily halted Monday afternoon at exchanges run by CBOE Holdings (CBOE), Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), BATS Global Markets and Miami International Holdings due to issues at the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA), which provides trading data and price quotes.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bats Global Markets was acquired on Feb. 28 by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Nasdaq: CBOE).

    But the Bats BZX Exchange has had a bigger role than just serving as the place where the Winklevoss ETF will be listed…

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Wall Street has been watching bitcoin this week, with the price up another 39.8 percent to above $16,000 ahead of the highly anticipated launch of bitcoin futures trading by Cboe Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ: CBOE) starting Sunday. Bitcoin has been around for years, but bitcoin futures trading will make trading a breeze for average retail investors for the first time.

  • [By Saumya Vaishampayan
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    Those who dabble in derivatives tied to the CBOE (CBOE) Volatility Index are placing bets that pay out if the stock market keeps swinging, and especially if it drops.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: New Century Bancorp Inc.(NC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: The First of Long Island Corporation(FLIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    The First of Long Island Corporation (FLIC) operates as a bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides financial services. Sept. 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 4% to $0.26 per share. The dividend is payable Oct. 11, 2013 to shareholders of record on October 3, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Porter Bancorp Inc.(PBIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The long saga regarding Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) has finally come to a head. Well, maybe. Rather than KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) investing $150 million, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) will be investing up to $480 million in the streaming music rival. With its ticketing unit sale taking place as well, it might seem that Pandora is getting a great deal and helping to bolster its books.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    This jump primarily had to do with Berkshire’s stake in Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), which rose 5.4% on Nov. 9 alone. This spike in the embattled bank’s shares added $1.7 billion to Buffett’s fortune in the span of 24 hours.

  • [By Gregg Greenberg]

    Stocks of Wells Fargo (WFC) were up 4% last year, outperforming both the broader market and the overall financial sector. Erik Oja, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ, said the megabank will shine even brighter in 2016 once higher interest rates kick in.  

     

    "We think Wells Fargo is best poised to benefit from higher rates due to its large deposit base and industry-leading loan growth," said Oja, adding that he expects much higher revenue growth in the coming year after a recent slowdown.

  • [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 Sarfaraz Khan]

    In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    On Thursday,Wells Fargo (WFC) reported first-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ expectations, but the stock still ended down for the day.

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    Wells Fargo said it earned $1 a share on revenue of $22 billion. Analysts were looking for earnings per share of 97 cents on revenue of $22.3 billion.

    Analystshave digetsed the news, and are out withtheir takes on the quarter, and opinions run the gamut.

    Evercore ISI’s John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $60 price target on Wells:

    A more conservative fee outlook (mainly mortgage) and modest tweak to B/S growth expectations led to a slight downside EPS revision to 2018. That said, expense efforts are now the greater focus given the n/t headwinds – but also the substantial opportunity to pare costs and limit pressure on returns. All eyes on the May 11 investor day.

     

    Sandler O’Neil’sR. ScottSiefers reiterated a Hold rating and $55 price target:

    WFCcontinues to address the sales scandal decisively and transparently, but too many uncertainties and issues remain.We are keeping our HOLD rating. We considerWFCs 1Q performance fine, but not its best. On the plus side, credit trends were very good, and a rebound in trading allowed total fees to come in better than we had foreseen (though we suspect that at least a portion of this Qs performance will normalize in coming periods). But the NIM only held firm (whereas we would have hoped to see at least a little expansion), loan growth was pretty weak, and costs came in higher than we had anticipated.

    Raymond James’s David Long reiterated an Underweight rating:

    The EPS beat was driven by a lower tax rate (management guided to a reversion) and a reserve release from improvement in energy-related credits, while the miss on expenses (deferred comp) outweighed the beat on fees (trading gains). Additionally, March retail banking gr

  • [By John Maxfield]

    What’s the deal? The answer is that not all of the bank stocks selected by Warren Buffett for Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio performed equally well this year. One in particular dragged down its returns: Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC).

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.

Top 10 Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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).

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