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Validea's Top Five Financial Stocks Based On Joseph Piotroski - 3/7/2021

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.

JEFFERIES FINANCIAL GROUP INC (JEF) is a mid-cap value stock in the Investment 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: Jefferies Financial Group Inc. is a diversified financial service company engaged in investment banking and capital markets, asset management and direct investing business. Its operating segments are: Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Asset Management; Merchant Banking, and Corporate. Its Investment Banking and Capital Markets business is focused on offering investment banking, equities and fixed income solutions, and primarily serves institutional investors, corporations and government entities. Its Asset Management segment manages, invests in and provides services to a diverse group of alternative asset management platforms across a spectrum of investment strategies and asset classes. The Company also owns investments in an array of other businesses, including Vitesse Energy, LLC and JETX Energy, LLC (oil and gas), Linkem (fixed wireless broadband services), Idaho Timber (manufacturing), FXCM Group LLC, and Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC.

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:FAIL
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

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ORCHID ISLAND CAPITAL INC (ORC) 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: Orchid Island Capital, Inc. is a specialty finance company that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). The Company's business objective is to provide attractive risk-adjusted total returns to its investors over the long term through a combination of capital appreciation and the payment of regular monthly distributions. Its portfolio consists of two categories of Agency RMBS: pass-through Agency RMBS and structured Agency RMBS. It invests in pass-through securities, which are securities secured by residential real property in which payments of both interest and principal on the securities are generally made monthly. The mortgage loans underlying pass-through certificates are classified into three categories, including fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and Hybrid ARMs. It invests in structured Agency RMBS, which include collateralized mortgage obligations, interest only securities, inverse interest only securities and principal only securities.

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:FAIL
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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SURO CAPITAL CORP (SSSS) 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: SuRo Capital Corp. (SuRo Capital), formerly Sutter Rock Capital Corp., is an investment fund that seeks to invest in venture-backed private companies. SuRo Capital seeks to create a portfolio of private companies via a repeatable investment approach, as well as to provide investors with access to such companies through its publicly traded common stock.

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:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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UNITED FIRE GROUP, INC. (UFCS) is a small-cap growth stock in the Insurance (Prop. & Casualty) 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: United Fire Group, Inc. is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance and selling annuities through a network of independent agencies. Its segment property and casualty insurance segment consists of commercial lines insurance, including surety bonds, personal lines insurance and assumed reinsurance.

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

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AXA SA (ADR) (AXAHY) is a large-cap growth stock in the Insurance (Life) industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 70% 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. AXA offers a broad range of products through business segments: Life & Savings, Property & Casualty, Health, Asset Management, and Banking. Its offering covers motor, household, property and general liability insurance, banking, savings vehicles, and other investment-based products for both Personal/Individual and Commercial/Group customers, as well as health, protection, and retirement products for individual or professional customers. AXA operates in seven geographical segments: France, Europe, Asia, AXA XL, the United States, International and Transversal & Central Holdings. AXA SA is the holding company of AXA Group.

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:FAIL
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:FAIL
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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More details on Validea's Joseph Piotroski strategy

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.

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