10 Financials With Improving Analyst Ratings

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: If you're interested in gaining exposure to the financial sector, the following list might offer an interesting starting point.

All of the financial stocks mentioned below have seen improving analyst sentiment over the last three months. To provide perspective on investor sentiment, we'll also include data on short float and performance.

Analysts seem to think there's more upside to these names--what do you think? Full details below.


Analyst ratings, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (BAM): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $18.39B. On Feb-22-2011, RBC Capital Mkts reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock. Previously on Nov-11-10, the same firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock. Short float at 0.11%, which implies a short ratio of 0.7 days. The stock has gained 42.42% over the last year.

2. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $16.41B. On Feb-16-2011, Barclays Capital upgraded from Underweight to Equal Weight. On that same date, RBC Capital Mkts reiterated a Sector Perform rating on the stock. Short float at 2.27%, which implies a short ratio of 4.62 days. The stock has gained 37.09% over the last year.

3. Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company (WSH): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $6.64B. On Feb-16-2011, Barclays Capital upgraded from Underweight to Equal Weight. Previously on Feb-02-11, the same firm reiterated a Underweight rating on the stock. Short float at 1.49%, which implies a short ratio of 3.15 days. The stock has gained 37.43% over the last year.

4. Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $4.29B. On Feb-16-2011, RBC Capital Mkts reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock. Previously on Nov-11-10, Barclays Capital reiterated a Overweight rating on the stock. Short float at 5.33%, which implies a short ratio of 6.75 days. The stock has gained 20.82% over the last year.

5. Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (SFE): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $389.15M. On Feb-14-2011, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Previously on Oct-10-10, the same firm reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Short float at 3.19%, which implies a short ratio of 7.3 days. The stock has gained 58.56% over the last year.

6. Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (ENH): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $2.32B. On Feb-11-2011, Stifel Nicolaus upgraded from Hold to Buy. Previously on Oct-10-10, the same firm downgraded from Buy to Hold. Short float at 7.71%, which implies a short ratio of 16.52 days. The stock has gained 28.15% over the last year.

7. Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (AXS): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $4.51B. On Feb-11-2011, Wunderlich reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Previously on Nov-11-10, UBS reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Short float at 1.16%, which implies a short ratio of 1.62 days. The stock has gained 19.94% over the last year.

8. Hancock Holding Co. (HBHC): Regional - Southeast Banks Industry. Market cap of $1.26B. On Feb-10-2011, Wunderlich reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. Previously on Dec-12-10, the same firm upgraded from Hold to Buy. Short float at 10.59%, which implies a short ratio of 11.79 days. The stock has lost -13.14% over the last year.

9. IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (ICE): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $8.97B. On Feb-10-2011, UBS reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. On that same date, Barclays Capital reiterated a Overweight rating on the stock. Short float at 2.19%, which implies a short ratio of 2.2 days. The stock has gained 19.68% over the last year.

10. UBS AG (UBS): Foreign Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $39.01B. On Feb-09-2011, Canaccord Genuity upgraded from Sell to Hold. Previously on Apr-04-10, FBR Capital upgraded from Underperform to Mkt Perform. Short float at 0.36%, which implies a short ratio of 2.04 days. The stock has gained 46.44% over the last year.

 



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