10 Commercial Banking Stocks to Buy Now

by Portfolio Grader | January 9, 2013 2:00 pm

The grades of 10 Commercial Banking stocks are better this week, according to the Portfolio Grader[1] database. Every one of these stocks has an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”) rating.

This week, Bar Harbor Bankshares (AMEX:BHB[2]) is showing significant improvement as the company’s rating hops from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”). Bar Harbor Bankshares offers a range of deposit, loan, and related banking products in addition to brokerage services. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategory of Earnings Revisions, BHB also gets an A. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BHB stock[3].

This week, Park Sterling’s (NASDAQ:PSTB[4]) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Park Sterling Bank accepts deposits and offers commercial banking services. The stock price has risen 5.3% over the past month, better than the 3.8% increase the Nasdaq has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PSTB stock[5].

This week, Eagle Bancorp (NASDAQ:EGBN[6]) is showing good progress as the company’s rating jumps from a B (“buy”) last week to an A (“strong buy”). Eagle Bancorp conducts commercial and consumer banking services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EGBN stock[7].

CapitalSource (NYSE:CSE[8]) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. CapitalSource is a commercial lender that provides financial products to middle-market businesses. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 4.10. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CSE stock[9].

Union First Market Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH[10]) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Union First Market is the holding company for Union First Market Bank. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UBSH stock[11].

This week, Univest Corp. of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP[12]) pushes up from a C to a B rating. Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania provides financial services to individuals, municipalities, and businesses. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UVSP stock[13].

Heritage Financial’s (NASDAQ:HFWA[14]) 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[15].

Mizuho Financial Group (NYSE:MFG[16]) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Mizuho Financial provides domestic and international financial services in Japan and other countries. Wall Street has pushed the stock higher by 15.3% over the past month. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 5.70. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MFG stock[17].

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS[18]) improves from a C to a B rating this week. BancorpSouth conducts commercial banking and financial services operations. Investors seem to agree with the upgraded status of the stock, and have pushed the stock up 10.5% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BXS stock[19].

The rating of StellarOne (NASDAQ:STEL[20]) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. StellarOne engages in retail, small business, commercial and mortgage banking, consumer lending and wealth management services. Wall Street seems to agree with the upgrade and has propelled the stock up 9% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of STEL stock[21].

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[22] 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[23].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. BHB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BHB
  3. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BHB stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BHB
  4. PSTB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PSTB
  5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PSTB stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PSTB
  6. EGBN: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=EGBN
  7. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EGBN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=EGBN
  8. CSE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CSE
  9. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CSE stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CSE
  10. UBSH: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UBSH
  11. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UBSH stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UBSH
  12. UVSP: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UVSP
  13. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UVSP stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UVSP
  14. HFWA: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HFWA
  15. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HFWA stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HFWA
  16. MFG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MFG
  17. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MFG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MFG
  18. BXS: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BXS
  19. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BXS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BXS
  20. STEL: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=STEL
  21. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of STEL stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=STEL
  22. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  23. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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