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Validea's Top Five Financial Stocks Based On Joseph Piotroski - 5/6/2018


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The following are the top rated Financial stocks according to Validea's Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski . This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.

PENNYMAC MORTGAGE INVESTMENT TRUST ( PMT ) is a small-cap value stock in the Consumer Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is a specialty finance company that invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets. The Company conducts all of its operations, and makes all of its investments, through PennyMac Operating Partnership, L.P. (its Operating Partnership) and its subsidiaries. It operates through two segments: correspondent production and investment activities. Its investment activities segment represents the Company's investments in mortgage-related assets. The correspondent production segment represents the Company's operations aimed at serving as an intermediary between mortgage lenders and the capital markets by purchasing, pooling and reselling newly originated prime credit quality mortgage loans either directly or in the form of MBS, using the services of PNMAC Capital Management (the Manager or PCM) and PennyMac Loan Services, LLC (PLS), both indirect subsidiaries of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (PFSI or PennyMac).

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ's Guru Analysis tool, click here

LEUCADIA NATIONAL CORP. ( LUK ) is a mid-cap growth stock in the Investment Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Leucadia National Corporation (Leucadia) is a diversified holding company focused on return on investment and long-term value. The Company's segments, based on requirements are Jefferies, National Beef, and Corporate and other. Jefferies is a global full-service, integrated securities and investment banking firm. National Beef processes and markets fresh boxed beef, case-ready beef, beef by-products and wet blue leather for domestic and international markets. Its financial services businesses include Jefferies Group LLC, Leucadia Asset Management, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, LLC (commercial mortgage banking and servicing), FXCM Group, LLC, HomeFed Corporation (HomeFed) and Foursight Capital and Chrome Capital (vehicle finance). It also owns and has investments in an array of businesses, including National Beef, HRG Group, Inc. ( HRG ), Vitesse Energy, LLC and Juneau Energy, LLC, Conwed Plastics and Idaho Timber and Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC (a gold and silver mining project).

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSFAIL
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ's Guru Analysis tool, click here

AXA SA (ADR) ( AXAHY ) is a large-cap value stock in the Insurance (Life) industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 80% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: AXA SA (AXA) is a France-based holding company engaged in the business of financial protection. The Company's segments include Life & Savings, Property & Casualty, Asset Management , Banking and Holding companies. The Life & Savings segment's products include a range of investment and savings products, as well as Protection and Health products. The Property & Casualty segment includes a range of products, including mainly motor, household, property and general liability insurance. The Asset Management segment includes diversified asset management (including investment fund management) and related services. The Banking segment includes banking activities (retail banking, mortgage loans and savings) conducted in France, Belgium and Germany. The Holding companies segment includes all non-operational activities. It also operates through Maestro Health.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:FAIL
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ's Guru Analysis tool, click here

GLADSTONE INVESTMENT CORPORATION ( GAIN ) is a small-cap value stock in the Misc. Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 80% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Gladstone Investment Corporation is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company's investment objectives are to achieve and grow current income by investing in debt securities of established businesses that it believes will provide stable earnings and cash flow to pay expenses, make principal and interest payments on its outstanding indebtedness and make distributions to stockholders that grow over time, and provide its stockholders with long-term capital appreciation in the value of its assets by investing in equity securities, generally in combination with the aforementioned debt securities, of businesses that it believes can grow over time to permit it to sell its equity investments for capital gains. It has investments in sectors, such as chemicals, plastics, and rubber, and home and office furnishings, house wares, and durable consumer products, among others. Its investment advisor is Gladstone Management Corporation.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:FAIL
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ's Guru Analysis tool, click here

APOLLO INVESTMENT CORP. (AINV) is a small-cap growth stock in the Misc. Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 80% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Apollo Investment Corporation is a closed-end, externally managed, non-diversified management investment company. The Company's investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation. It invests primarily in various forms of debt investments, including secured and unsecured debt, loan investments and/or equity in private middle-market companies. It may also invest in the securities of public companies and in structured products and other investments, such as collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and credit-linked notes (CLNs). Its portfolio also includes equity interests, such as common stock, preferred stock, warrants or options. It invests in investments in the United States secured and unsecured loans, other debt securities and equity, and may also invests a portion of the portfolio in other investment opportunities, including foreign securities and structured products. Apollo Investment Management, L.P. is the investment advisor of the Company.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:FAIL

For a full detailed analysis using NASDAQ's Guru Analysis tool, click here

Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Joseph Piotroski has returned 180.12% vs. 132.29% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Joseph Piotroski : Piotroski isn't your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he's not even a professional investor. He's a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers". In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 -- more than double the S&P 500's gain during that time. Piotroski's findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

About Validea : Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , Stocks
Referenced Symbols: PMT , AXAHY , GAIN



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