These 12 Stocks Should Benefit From The 4 Primary Investment Themes Of 2017

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Expected rising interest rates, anticipated increase in infrastructure spending, introduction of carbon tax on emissions and the ongoing cobalt supply/demand misbalance should have a positive impact on our 12 top stocks to watch for the coming year.

Written by SmallCapPower.com

The stocks on our list are all well positioned to capitalize on the above 4 themes and are, in our eyes, currently undervalued or outperforming when compared to their industry peers.

Theme #1

Interest Rates- Brings Upside for U.S. Financial Stocks

The interest rate hike by the U.S Federal Reserve on December 14th, 2016, along with the election of Donald Trump, was good news for U.S. banks and other lenders. As the Fed has forecasted another three rate hikes in 2017, the future looks good for the books of financial institutions with outstanding loans. Although it will ultimately reduce growth activities for companies in industry, the banks books will perform better, as interest income will grow without any additional overhead.

First NBC Bank Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:FNBC )

Price: USD$7.50 | Company Market Cap: USD$3,706.22mm

The Company operates through the community banking segment. It offers financial services to businesses, institutions and individuals in southeastern Louisiana and the Florida panhandle. The Company’s primary focus is on commercial real estate and commercial lending. Its loans include construction loans, commercial real estate loans, consumer real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans, and consumer loans. Its securities portfolio consists primarily of the United States Government agency obligations, mortgage-backed securities, and municipal securities, although the Company also holds corporate bonds.

  • P/B: 0.37x
  • ROE: 9.6%
  • EPS LTM: USD$3.12

Northrim BanCorp Inc. (NASDAQ:NRIM)

Price: USD$32.05 | Company Market Cap: USD$221.08mm

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company operates in two segments: Community Banking and Home Mortgage Lending. The Community Banking segment’s principal business focus is the offering of loan and deposit products to business and consumer customers in its primary market areas. The Community Banking segment operates approximately 10 branches throughout Alaska. The Home Mortgage Lending segment’s principal business focus is the origination and sale of mortgage loans for one- to four-family residential properties. Its loan products include short and medium-term commercial loans, commercial credit lines, construction and real estate loans, and consumer loans. Its commercial loan portfolio includes both secured and unsecured loans for working capital and expansion. It provides construction lending for commercial real estate projects. It offers personal loans for automobiles, recreational vehicles, boats, and other larger consumer purchases.

  • P/B: 1.23x
  • ROE: 8.7%
  • EPS LTM: USD$2.34

Civista Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:CIVB )

Price: USD$19.75 | Company Market Cap: USD$162.73mm

Civista Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company, through the subsidiary bank, Civista Bank, is engaged primarily in the business of community banking. Civista Bank, located in Erie, Crawford, Champaign, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Logan, Madison, Montgomery, Summit, Huron, Ottawa and Richland Counties, Ohio, conducts a general banking business that involves collecting customer deposits, making loans, purchasing securities, and offering Trust services. The Company’s loan portfolio consists of commercial and agriculture, commercial real estate-owner occupied, commercial real estate non-owner occupied, residential real estate, real estate construction, consumer and other. Its securities are classified as available-for-sale (AFS) securities. Its deposits include non-interest-bearing demand deposits; interest-bearing demand deposits; savings account, including money market deposit accounts, and certificates of deposit, including individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

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