YTD Performance: +35%
Financials as a whole have been on a roll this year, and red-white-and-blue ones are no exception.
Just consider Regions Financial (RF). Started as a holding comppany with 40 locations in Alabama, it now boasts more than 1,700 banks and 2,100 ATMs in 16 states across the South and Midwest.
In the most recent quarter, Regions beat earnings estimates thanks in part to loan growth and a growing net interest margin.
RF shares have improved 44% in the past year — more than double the broader market — and a YTD climb of 35% to nearly triple the S&P 500.