Validea Martin Zweig Strategy Daily Upgrade Report – 1/26/2019



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The following are today’s upgrades for Validea’s Growth Investor model based on the published strategy of Martin Zweig . This strategy looks for growth stocks with persistent accelerating earnings and sales growth, reasonable valuations and low debt.

ASSOCIATED BANC CORP ( ASB ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 69% to 85% 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: Associated Banc-Corp is a bank holding company. The Company, through its banking subsidiary Associated Bank, National Association (the Bank) and various nonbanking subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and non-banking products and services to individuals. The Company operates through three segments: Corporate and Commercial Specialty; Community, Consumer, and Business, and Risk Management and Shared Services. The Corporate and Commercial Specialty segment consists of lending and deposit solutions to businesses, developers, not-for-profits, municipalities and financial institutions. The Corporate and Commercial Specialty segment consists of lending and deposit solutions to businesses, developers, not-for-profits, municipalities and financial institutions. The Risk Management and Shared Services segment includes Corporate Risk Management, Credit Administration, Finance, Treasury, Operations and Technology, which are shared functions.

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.














P/E RATIO: PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: FAIL
SALES GROWTH RATE: PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: PASS

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

LAKELAND FINANCIAL CORPORATION ( LKFN ) is a small-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 85% to 92% 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: Lakeland Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Lake City Bank (the Bank), provides an array of products and services throughout its Northern and Central Indiana markets. It offers commercial and consumer banking services, as well as trust and wealth management, brokerage, investment and treasury management commercial services. It serves a range of industries, including commercial real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, retail, wholesale, finance and insurance, accommodation and food services, and healthcare. The Bank’s activities cover all phases of commercial banking, including deposit products, commercial and consumer lending, retail and merchant credit card services, corporate treasury management services, and wealth advisory, trust and brokerage services. It provides financial services through the Bank, with approximately 50 branch offices in 15 counties in Northern and Central Indiana.

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.














P/E RATIO: PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: PASS
SALES GROWTH RATE: PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: PASS

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

C&F FINANCIAL CORP ( CFFI ) is a small-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 77% to 85% 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: C&F Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company owns and operates through its subsidiary, Citizens and Farmers Bank (the Bank or C&F Bank), which is an independent commercial bank. The Company’s segments include Retail Banking, Mortgage Banking, Consumer Finance and Other. Through the Retail Banking segment, the Company engages in a range of lending activities, which include the origination of one- to four-family and multi-family residential mortgage loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, land acquisition and development loans, consumer loans and commercial business loans. The Company engages in residential mortgage lending through the Mortgage Banking segment. The Company engages in non-prime automobile lending through the Consumer Finance segment. Its Other segment includes a full-service brokerage firm. It conducts mortgage banking activities through C&F Mortgage Corporation. It conducts consumer finance activities through C&F Finance 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.














P/E RATIO: PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: PASS
SALES GROWTH RATE: PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: PASS

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

EAST WEST BANCORP, INC. ( EWBC ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 82% to 89% 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: East West Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s principal business is to serve as a holding company for East West Bank (the Bank) and other banking or banking-related subsidiaries. The Bank is a California state-chartered bank, which operates in the United States and Greater China. The Bank provides a range of personal and commercial banking services to businesses, business executives, professionals, and other individuals. It operates through three segments: Retail Banking, Commercial Banking and Other. The Retail Banking segment focuses primarily on retail operations through the Bank’s branch network. The Commercial Banking segment primarily generates commercial and industrial (C&I) loans and commercial real estate (CRE) loans through the domestic commercial lending operations in California, New York, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Nevada and Georgia, and through the foreign commercial lending operations in China and Hong Kong.

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.














P/E RATIO: PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: FAIL
SALES GROWTH RATE: PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: PASS
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: PASS

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

DISCOVER FINANCIAL SERVICES ( DFS ) is a large-cap value stock in the Consumer Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 77% to 92% 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: Discover Financial Services ( DFS ) is a direct banking and payment services company. The Company is a bank holding company, as well as a financial holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Direct Banking and Payment Services. It provides direct banking products and services, and payment services through its subsidiaries. It offers its customers credit card loans, private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans and deposit products. The Company’s Direct Banking segment includes consumer banking and lending products, specifically Discover-branded credit cards issued to individuals and small businesses on the Discover Network and other consumer banking products and services. The Company’s direct banking offers credit cards, student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, and other consumer lending and deposit products. The Payment Services segment includes PULSE, Diners Club and the Company’s Network Partners business.

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.














P/E RATIO: PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: PASS
SALES GROWTH RATE: PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: PASS
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: PASS

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

MIDWESTONE FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. (MOFG) is a small-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 69% to 85% 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: MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. is a bank holding and financial holding company. The Company operates through its bank subsidiaries, MidWestOne Bank, Central Bank and MidWestOne Insurance Services, Inc. that operates through three agencies located in central and east-central Iowa. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank operated a total of 43 banking offices in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida. It provides full service retail banking in the communities in which its branch offices are located and also offers trust and investment management services. The Bank offers deposit products, including checking and other demand deposit accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts and other time deposits. The Bank offers commercial and industrial, agricultural, real estate mortgage and consumer loans.

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.














P/E RATIO: PASS
REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: PASS
SALES GROWTH RATE: PASS
CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: PASS
QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: PASS
POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: PASS
EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: PASS
EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: PASS
EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: FAIL
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: FAIL
INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: PASS

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

Since its inception, Validea’s strategy based on Martin Zweig has returned 410.18% vs. 168.06% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Martin Zweig : During the 15 years that it was monitored, Zweig’s stock recommendation newsletter returned an average of 15.9 percent per year, during which time it was ranked number one based on risk-adjusted returns by Hulbert Financial Digest. Zweig has managed both mutual and hedge funds during his career, and he’s put the fortune he’s compiled to some interesting uses. He has owned what Forbes reported was the most expensive apartment in New York, a $70 million penthouse that sits atop Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel, and he is a collector of all sorts of pop culture and historical memorabilia — among his purchases are the gun used by Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry”, a stock certificate signed by Commodore Vanderbilt, and even two old-fashioned gas pumps similar to those he’d seen at a nearby gas station while growing up in Cleveland, according to published reports.

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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