Sponsored By:

22 Commercial Banking Stocks to Buy Now

BMRC, STSA, LBAI, ATLO, RBCAA, SIVB, WABC, USB, CTBI, SBSI, BKYF, EGBN, FCBC, FUBC, PWOD, CNBKA, LKFN, CZNC, PGC, ISBC, STBZ, CPF improve in weekly rankings

   

This week, 22 Commercial Banking stocks are improving their overall rating on Portfolio Grader. Each of these rates an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

Bank of Marin (NASDAQ:BMRC) is bumping up its rating from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”) this week. Bank of Marin Bancorp offers commercial and retail lending programs. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Earnings Growth and Earnings Revisions, BMRC also gets A’s. Shares of the company are up 3.5% from a month ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BMRC stock.

Sterling Financial (NASDAQ:STSA) is making headway this week, with the company’s rating improving to an A (“strong buy”) from a B (“buy”) last week. Sterling Financial is a bank holding company. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 3.6. STSA shares are up 3.3% since last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of STSA stock.

Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAI) earns a B this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of C. Lakeland Bancorp is the holding company for Lakeland 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 LBAI stock.

Ames National‘s (NASDAQ:ATLO) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to a B from last week’s C. Ames National is a bank holding company that operates in the commercial banking industry in parts of Nevada and Iowa. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ATLO stock.

Republic Bancorp (NASDAQ:RBCAA) boosts its rating from a B to an A this week. Republic Bancorp directs, plans and coordinates the business activities of the Republic Bank & Trust. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 4.5. The price of RBCAA has gone up 3.8% over the past month. This is slightly better than the Nasdaq’s 3.6% increase for the same period. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RBCAA stock.

SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) improves from a C to a B rating this week. SVB Financial Group is a diversified financial services company, bank holding company, and financial holding company. Over the last month, shares have increased 3.9%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SIVB stock.

Westamerica (NASDAQ:WABC) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Westamerica is a bank holding company that provides a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers in Northern and Central California. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up twofold from the week prior. The price of WABC has risen 3.4% over the last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WABC stock.

This week, U.S. Bancorp‘s (NYSE:USB) ratings are up from a B last week to an A. U.S. Bancorp provides banking and financial services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of USB stock.

The rating of Community Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:CTBI) moves up this week, rising from a B to an A. Community Trust Bancorp is engaged in a range of commercial and personal banking and trust activities. 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 CTBI stock.

This week, Southside Bancshares (NASDAQ:SBSI) pushes up from a C to a B rating. Southside Bancshares offers a range of financial services to individuals, businesses, municipal entities and non-profit organizations in the communities it serves. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up twofold from the week prior. The price of the company is up 1.6% from last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SBSI stock.

This is a strong week for Bank of Kentucky (NASDAQ:BKYF). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Bank of Kentucky Financial provides financial services through The Bank of Kentucky. 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 BKYF stock.

Eagle Bancorp (NASDAQ:EGBN) is seeing ratings go up from a B last week to an A this week. Eagle Bancorp conducts commercial and consumer banking services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EGBN stock.

The rating of First Community Bancshares (NASDAQ:FCBC) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. First Community Bancshares is the holding company for First Community Bank. Shares of the company are up 3.8% from last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FCBC stock.

1st United Bancorp (NASDAQ:FUBC) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. 1st United Bancorp provides customers with traditional loan and deposit products. FUBC shares increased 0.5% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FUBC stock.

This is a strong week for Penns Woods Bancorp (NASDAQ:PWOD). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Penns Woods Bancorp is a bank holding company of Jersey Shore State Bank. PWOD shares are up 1.5% from a month ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PWOD stock.

Century Bancorp‘s (NASDAQ:CNBKA) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to a B from last week’s C. Century Bancorp offers business, personal, and institutional services. Shares of the stock have been changing hands at an unusually rapid pace, three times the rate of the week prior. CNBKA shares jumped up 1.8% from a month prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CNBKA stock.

This week, Lakeland Financial‘s (NASDAQ:LKFN) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Lakeland Financial is a bank holding company. 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 LKFN stock.

Citizens & Northern (NASDAQ:CZNC) earns a B this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of C. Citizens & Northern offers banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York. Over the last month, shares of CZNC have shot up 4.4%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CZNC stock.

Peapack-Gladstone Financial (NASDAQ:PGC) is seeing ratings go up from a B last week to an A this week. Peapack-Gladstone Financial is the holding company for Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up threefold from the week prior. The price of PGC is up 0.5% from last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PGC stock.

Investors Bancorp (NASDAQ:ISBC) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Investors Bancorp is the holding company for Investors Savings Bank. Shares of ISBC have increased 6.1% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ISBC stock.

State Bank Financial (NASDAQ:STBZ) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. State Bank Financial is a bank holding company. Shares of the company have increased 1.9% in the last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of STBZ stock.

Central Pacific Financial (NYSE:CPF) improves from a C to a B rating this week. Central Pacific Financial provides commercial banking services to businesses, professionals, and individuals in Hawaii. The price of CPF has gone up 4.1% from a month ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CPF stock.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here.


Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, http://investorplace.com/2012/09/22-commercial-banking-stocks-to-buy-now-bmrc-stsa-lbai/.

©2014 InvestorPlace Media, LLC

Comments are currently unavailable. Please check back soon.