25 Commercial Banking Stocks to Buy Now

FNLC, RBCAA, RNST, PACW, USB, WTFC, UMPQ, HBAN, KEY, COBZ, BXS, FMER, PVTB, SNV, CBU, WASH, TCBK, FCBC, TOWN, LKFN, BMTC, CZNC, HFWA, WBCO, ABCB improve in weekly rankings

   
25 Commercial Banking Stocks to Buy Now

This week, 25 Commercial Banking stocks are improving their overall rating on Portfolio Grader. Each of these rates an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

This week, First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FNLC) is showing significant improvement as the company’s rating hops from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”). The First Bancorp is the bank holding company for The First, a National Banking Association. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FNLC stock.

Republic Bancorp (NASDAQ:RBCAA) is making headway this week, with the company’s rating improving to an A (“strong buy”) from a B (“buy”) last week. Republic Bancorp directs, plans and coordinates the business activities of the Republic Bank & Trust. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up threefold from the week prior. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 4.7. Shares of the company have risen 5.8% since last month, better than the 4.5% increase seen by the Nasdaq for the same period. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RBCAA stock.

The rating of Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ:RNST) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. Renasant is a bank holding company that offers retail and commercial customers financial and insurance services. The stock price has risen 11.8% over the past month. Shares of the stock have been changing hands at an unusually rapid pace, twice the rate of the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RNST stock.

PacWest Bancorp‘s (NASDAQ:PACW) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. PacWest Bancorp is the holding company for Pacific Western Bank. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PACW stock.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) improves from a B to an A rating this week. U.S. Bancorp provides banking and financial services. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up twofold from the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of USB stock.

Wintrust Financia‘s (NASDAQ:WTFC) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Wintrust Financial is a holding company, which provides traditional community banking services, wealth management services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing and certain administrative services. WTFC shares are up 1.1% from a month ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WTFC stock.

This week, Umpqua Holdings‘s (NASDAQ:UMPQ) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Umpqua Holdings is the bank holding company for Umpqua Bank. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UMPQ stock.

Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Huntington Bancshares is a multi-state bank holding company. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HBAN stock.

KeyCorp‘s (NYSE:KEY) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to a B from last week’s C. KeyCorp provides a wide range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance and investment banking products and services to individual, corporate and institutional clients. Shares of the stock have been changing hands at an unusually rapid pace, twice the rate of the week prior. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 9.7. The price of KEY has gone up 6.8% from last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of KEY stock.

This week, CoBiz Financial (NASDAQ:COBZ) pushes up from a C to a B rating. CoBiz Financial offers an array of financial service products to its target market of professionals, small and medium-sized businesses, and high-net-worth individuals. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 8.1. COBZ shares have increased 4.2% since last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of COBZ stock.

The rating of BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. BancorpSouth conducts commercial banking and financial services operations. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BXS stock.

FirstMerit (NASDAQ:FMER) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. FirstMerit operates primarily as a multi-bank holding company. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FMER stock.

PrivateBancorp (NASDAQ:PVTB) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a B to an A. PrivateBancorp, through its subsidiaries, is a provider of business and personal financial services to real estate companies as well as business owners, executives and entrepreneurs. Investors seem to agree with the upgraded status of the stock, and have pushed the stock up 4.2% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PVTB stock.

This is a strong week for Synovus Financial (NYSE:SNV). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Synovus Financial provides financial its customers with services such as commercial and retail banking, insurance and financial management. A month ago, shares were down 2% from the current stock price. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SNV stock.

Community Bank System (NYSE:CBU) earns a B this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of C. Community Bank System provides its retail, commercial, and municipal customers with banking and financial services. CBU shares are up 2.5% from a month prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CBU stock.

Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:WASH) improves from a C to a B rating this week. Washington Trust offers a range of financial services to individuals and businesses, including wealth management. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up twofold from the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WASH stock.

This week, TriCo Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBK) pushes up from a C to a B rating. TriCo Bancshares is a bank holding company for Tri Counties Bank, which conducts a commercial banking business that includes accepting demand, savings and time deposits and making commercial, real estate and consumer loans. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of TCBK stock.

First Community Bancshares‘s (NASDAQ:FCBC) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. First Community Bancshares is the holding company for First Community Bank. Shares of the stock have been changing hands at an unusually rapid pace, three times the rate of the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FCBC stock.

Towne Bank (NASDAQ:TOWN) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. TowneBank is a community bank is a provider of financial services to individuals, small and medium sized businesses. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up threefold from the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of TOWN stock.

Lakeland Financial (NASDAQ:LKFN) earns a B this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of C. Lakeland Financial is a bank holding company. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of LKFN stock.

This is a strong week for Bryn Mawr Bank (NASDAQ:BMTC). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Bryn Mawr Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking services. Shares of the company are up 2.9% from last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BMTC stock.

The rating of Citizens & Northern (NASDAQ:CZNC) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. Citizens & Northern offers banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York. Shares of the stock have been changing hands at an unusually rapid pace, up 386.8% from the week prior. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 9.8. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CZNC stock.

Heritage Financial‘s (NASDAQ:HFWA) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to a B from last week’s C. Heritage Financial is the holding company for Heritage Bank and Central Valley Bank. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HFWA stock.

This week, Washington Banking‘s (NASDAQ:WBCO) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Washington Banking is a holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, which provides community commercial banking products and services in northwestern Washington. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WBCO stock.

Ameris (NASDAQ:ABCB) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Ameris Bancorp operates as the holding company for the Ameris Bank, which provides a range of banking services to retail and commercial customers. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ABCB stock.

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