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10 banks consumers complain about the most

2018-01-09 cnbc
They compete with cable companies, airlines and drug companies as being some of the most disliked. (33-0)

Why Huntington (HBAN) is a Great Stock to Buy Now

2018-01-09 zacks
Huntington Bancshares (HBAN - Free Report) appears to be a solid bet right now because of its sound organic and inorganic growth strategies. This Ohio-based bank holding company experienced growth in revenues along with loan and deposit balances, over the last few years. Also, the improving economic backdrop, such as increasing interest rates and tax reform, are likely to further support its financials. (25-0)

Wintrust Financial Completes Veterans First Mortgage Deal

2018-01-05 zacks
Wintrust Financial Corporation’s (WTFC - Free Report) subsidiary, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A., through its Mortgage division, has completed the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of iFreedom Direct Corporation DBA Veterans First Mortgage. The deal was announced in December 2017 with the aim of expanding in both size and structure. Notably, the acquisition has also provided Wintrust Mortgage with Veterans First Mortgage’s servicing rights on nearly 8,300 loans, which total $1. (40-0)

What Makes TCF Financial (TCF) Attractive to Investors Now?

2018-01-04 zacks
Improving operating backdrop, rising rate environment, expected tax benefit from the recently implemented tax bill and strengthening domestic economy are anticipated to continue supporting banking stocks. Keeping this in mind, we have selected TCF Financial Corporation (TCF - Free Report) for your portfolio. It’s a good idea to add stocks with robust fundamentals and long-term growth opportunities to your portfolio, at the current level. (383-0)

Entellus (ENTL) Nears 52-Week High: What's Driving It?

2018-01-03 zacks
On Dec 29, 2017, Entellus Medical Inc.’s (ENTL - Free Report) shares reached a high of $25.58, closing the session nominally lower at $24.39. The company’s shares have returned 26.5% over the last year, higher than the S&P 500 index’s gain of 18.3%. Also, shares have outperformed the industry’s gain of 23% over the same time frame. The stock has a market cap of $619.14 million. (35-0)

Trevena Announces FDA Acceptance of Olinvo NDA, Shares Up

2018-01-03 zacks
Shares of Trevena, Inc. (TRVN - Free Report) rallied almost 24.5% in after-market trading on Jan 2, following the company’s announcement that the FDA has accepted the new drug application (“NDA”) for its pain therapy, Olinvo injection. Olinvo is an opioid-based analgesic administered intravenous and also the first G protein biased ligand of the mu receptor. (114-0)

Broadridge Closes Morningstar's Board Consulting Unit Buyout

2018-01-03 zacks
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR - Free Report) seems to be on track to enhance its offerings for mutual fund and investment managers. Its latest inorganic addition is Morningstar, Inc.’s 15(c) board consulting services business. The financial terms of the deal were kept under wraps. This business segment of Morningstar helps “ boards of directors and executive teams of mutual funds” in meeting their 15(c) fiduciary duties for the process of reviewing and approving the fee related agreements with each investment advisor. (107-0)

Verisk (VRSK) Aims to Expand Through Strategic Acquisitions

2018-01-03 zacks
On Jan 3, we issued an updated research report on business services provider, Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK - Free Report) . Verisk continues to extend its footprint in new markets through targeted international expansion. The company recently inked an agreement to acquire PowerAdvocate for $200 million to augment its presence in the energy sector. Catering primarily to the global energy firms, PowerAdvocate provides cost intelligence and supply chain solutions that mitigate risks and optimize total cost of production. (10-0)

GE Plans to Launch Smarter Lighting Solutions This Year

2018-01-03 zacks
General Electric Company (GE - Free Report) is poised to introduce newer and smarter lighting technology solutions in 2018. Several of the new C by GE connected lighting solutions, which enhances the security and convenience of any room through voice control and scheduling, will be available in the commercial market in the latter half of the year. GE Lighting, one of the operating segments of GE, provides smart, cost efficient lighting solutions. (24-1)

Paylocity Reaps the Benefits of Robust SaaS Based Portfolio

2018-01-03 zacks
On Jan 2, we issued an updated research report on Paylocity Holding Corporation (PCTY - Free Report) . Notably, Paylocity holds a significant position in the payroll processing and human capital management market backed by its strong product suite. The robust product portfolio has helped in expansion of the company’s clientele, which eventually resulted in 25% year-over-year growth in fiscal first-quarter 2018 revenues. (220-0)

4 Top Semiconductor Stocks to Boost Your Portfolio in 2018

2018-01-03 zacks
The semiconductor was among the best performing industries in 2017, with IShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX - Free Report) gaining 38.4%, outperforming the S&P 500 and Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK - Free Report) returns of 18.4% and 32.2%, respectively. This impressive rally was mainly driven by escalating demand for chips used in cloud-based platforms, Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, Augmented/Virtual (AR/VR) reality devices, autonomous cars, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), as well as Internet of Things (IoT) related software and hardware. (74-0)

SUPERVALU (SVU) Q3 Earnings: Can Strategies Fight Retail Woes?

2018-01-03 zacks
SUPERVALU INC. (SVU - Free Report) is scheduled to report third-quarter fiscal 2018 results on Jan 10, before market opens. This grocery dealer has a mixed record of bottom-line surprises in the trailing four quarters. Considering this, let’s delve into how things are shaping up for the upcoming announcement. What to Expect? The Zacks Consensus Estimate of 48 cents for the fiscal third quarter has been stable in the last 30 days and reflects an increase of about 37% from the year-ago reported figure. (138-0)

International Paper Divests North America Consumer Packaging

2018-01-03 zacks
International Paper Company (IP - Free Report) recently completed the divesture of its consumer packaging business in North America. The assets were sold to Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK - Free Report) , a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions for food, beverage and other consumer product companies. The divested asset portfolio included two manufacturing plants and four converting facilities with employee strength of roughly 3,900. (7-0)

Amazon Can No Longer Draw Users Searching for Brikenstock

2018-01-03 zacks, Inc. (AMZN - Free Report) recently lost a legal battle against Brikenstock, a German sandal maker, following a ruling by a district court in Dusseldorf. According to German magazine Der Spiegel, which was quoted by Reuters, the court ordered Amazon to stop taking advantage of “typo targeting” to book Brikenstock and other variations of it as keywords through Google AdWords to lure online shoppers. (100-0)

Is Arbor Realty Trust a Great Stock for Value Investors?

2018-01-03 zacks
Value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. After all, who wouldn’t want to find stocks that are either flying under the radar and are compelling buys, or offer up tantalizing discounts when compared to fair value? (15-0)

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