Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG) has been given an average rating of “Buy” by the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $191.00.

Separately, Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Asbury Automotive Group from $201.00 to $205.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 5th.

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Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Sowell Financial Services LLC acquired a new position in shares of Asbury Automotive Group during the first quarter worth $27,000. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Asbury Automotive Group during the first quarter worth $31,000. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. boosted its stake in Asbury Automotive Group by 1,000.0% in the second quarter. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. now owns 220 shares of the company’s stock valued at $37,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. FORA Capital LLC acquired a new position in Asbury Automotive Group in the first quarter valued at $55,000. Finally, Panagora Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in Asbury Automotive Group in the first quarter valued at $92,000.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Northfield Bancorp Inc.(NFBK)

Northfield Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Northfield Bank that provides banking services primarily to individuals and corporate customers in Richmond and Kings Counties in New York, and Union and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. Its deposit products include negotiable order of withdrawal and non-interest bearing checking accounts; savings accounts, including money market, passbook, and statement savings; and certificates of deposit comprising individual retirement accounts. The company?s loan products portfolio comprises construction and land loans, commercial and industrial loans, one-to four-family residential mortgage loans, and home equity loans and lines of credit, as well as loans to finance premiums on insurance policies, including commercial property and casualty insurance, and professional liability insurance. It also offers insurance products, as well as owns a real estate investment trust, which holds primarily mortgage loans and other real estate related investments. Northfield Bancorp operates through its home office in Staten Island, New York; its operations center located in Woodbridge, New Jersey; and additional 19 branch offices located in New York and New Jersey. The company was founded in 1887 and is based in Avenel, New Jersey. Northfield Bancorp, Inc. is a subsidiary of Northfield Bancorp, MHC.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Northfield Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:NFBK) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are covering the company, reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and three have assigned a hold recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $16.50.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of Northfield Bancorp (NASDAQ:NFBK) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Monday.

    A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Northfield Bancorp from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a neutral rating on shares of Northfield Bancorp in a report on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Northfield Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, July 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $17.75.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Safety Insurance Group Inc.(SAFT)

Safety Insurance Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides private passenger automobile insurance products primarily in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company?s private passenger automobile policies offer coverage for bodily injury and property damage to others, no-fault personal injury coverage for the insured/insured?s car occupants, and physical damage coverage for an insured?s own vehicle for collision or other perils. It also provides commercial automobile policies that offer insurance for commercial vehicles used for business purposes, including private passenger-type vehicles, trucks, tractors and trailers, insure individual vehicles, and commercial fleets; and homeowners policies, which provide coverage for losses to a dwelling and its contents from various perils, and coverage for liability to others arising from ownership or occupancy. It writes policies on homes, condominiums, and apartments. In addition, the company offers business owners policie s that cover apartments and residential condominiums, limited cooking restaurants, office condominiums, processing and services businesses, special trade contractors, and wholesaling businesses. Further, it provides commercial package policies, which offer property, general liability, crime, and inland marine insurance for business enterprises; personal umbrella policies that provide personal excess liability coverage over and above the limits of individual automobile, watercraft, and homeowner?s insurance policies; and commercial umbrella policies to clients for whom the company underwrites commercial automobile and business owner policies. Additionally, the company underwrites dwelling fire insurance, inland marine coverage, and watercraft coverage. Safety Insurance Group, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jordan Wathen]

    A relatively wet but warm fourth quarter in the Northeast United States helped Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) earn $18.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 62% improvement over the year-ago period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) and Global Indemnity (NASDAQ:GBLI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Amerisafe (NASDAQ: SAFT) and Safety Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SAFT) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Arizona State Retirement System reduced its stake in shares of Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFT) by 7.3% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 22,220 shares of the insurance provider’s stock after selling 1,760 shares during the period. Arizona State Retirement System’s holdings in Safety Insurance Group were worth $1,898,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Petroleum Resources Corporation(PEO)

Petroleum & Resources Corporation operates as a nondiversified investment company. It primarily invests in the equity of energy and natural resource companies. The company also has investments in various sectors, including energy, services, basic industries, and paper and forest products. Petroleum & Resources was founded in 1929 and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Press coverage about Adams Natural Resources Fund (NYSE:PEO) has trended somewhat negative recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Adams Natural Resources Fund earned a coverage optimism score of -0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.0521373671292 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: KKR(KKR)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and mezzanine investments in large cap companies. The firm will consider investments in all industries globally, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure, and renewable energy. It seeks a board seat in its portfolio companies. The firm holds a controlling interest in its portfolio companies after they go public. It typically holds its investment for a period of five years and more and exits through initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and sales to strategic buyers. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. was founded in 1976 and is based at New York, New York with additional offices across United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    The heads of leading private-equity real estate investors including KKR & Co Inc. (NYSE: KKR) and BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) will be there.

    Also there will be the analysts and investment bankers that cover real estate for the major firms including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC).

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    KKR & Co Inc (NYSE:KKR) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of February. As of February 28th, there was short interest totalling 13,549,086 shares, an increase of 30.6% from the February 15th total of 10,378,172 shares. Approximately 2.7% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 7,191,365 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.9 days.

Hot Financial Stocks To Watch Right Now: Jefferies Financial Group Inc.(JEF)

Jefferies Financial Group Inc. engages in the investment banking and capital markets, asset management, and direct investing businesses in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It operates through Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management, Merchant Banking, and Corporate segments. The company offers financial advisory, equity underwriting, and debt underwriting, as well as corporate lending services; equities research, sales, and trading services; equity finance services comprising financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services; and wealth management services to high net worth individuals, their families and businesses, private equity and venture funds, and small institutions. It also provides clients with sales and trading of investment grade corporate bonds, U.S. and European government and agency securities, municipal bonds, mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, leveraged loans, consumer loans, high yield and distressed securities, emerging markets debt, interest rate, and credit derivative products, as well as foreign exchange trade execution and securitization; and manages, invests in, and provides services to a diverse group of alternative asset management platforms across a spectrum of investment strategies and asset classes. Jefferies Financial Group, Inc. entered into a strategic alliance with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. The company was formerly known as Leucadia National Corporation and changed its name to Jefferies Financial Group Inc. in May 2018. Jefferies Financial Group Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BB&T Securities LLC trimmed its holdings in shares of Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) by 89.1% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 14,267 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 116,435 shares during the period. BB&T Securities LLC’s holdings in Jefferies Financial Group were worth $247,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Paloma Partners Management Co purchased a new position in Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm purchased 76,251 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,734,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Royce & Associates LP acquired a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 201,151 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $4,574,000.

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