Top Financial Stocks To Watch For 2021

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) by 2.7% during the first quarter, reports. The firm owned 14,201 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 377 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in CME Group were worth $2,297,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Comerica Bank grew its stake in CME Group by 0.4% in the 4th quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 84,159 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $13,044,000 after buying an additional 313 shares during the last quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. grew its stake in CME Group by 1.3% in the 1st quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 26,673 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $4,314,000 after buying an additional 350 shares during the last quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. grew its stake in CME Group by 2.5% in the 4th quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 14,590 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,131,000 after buying an additional 362 shares during the last quarter. BB&T Securities LLC grew its stake in CME Group by 8.7% in the 4th quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 4,852 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $708,000 after buying an additional 388 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Partners LLC grew its stake in CME Group by 5.4% in the 1st quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 7,614 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,232,000 after buying an additional 391 shares during the last quarter. 82.12% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Top Financial Stocks To Watch For 2021: Houston Wire & Cable Company(HWCC)

Houston Wire & Cable Company, incorporated on March 20, 1997, is a holding company. The Company is engaged in provision of electrical and mechanical wire and cable, hardware and related services. The Company operates through sales of wire and cable, hardware and related services segment in the United States market. Its cable management program includes purchasing and storing inventory for product availability. It provides cable management services and value-added services. The Company offers products in categories of wire and cable, including continuous and interlocked armor cable; control and power cable; electronic wire and cable; flexible and portable cord; instrumentation and thermocouple cable; lead and high temperature cable; medium voltage cable; premise and category wire and cable; primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable, and synthetic fiber rope slings, chain, shackles, and other related hardware.

The Company also offers private branded products, including its brand LifeGuard, a low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) cable. Its products are used in repair and replacement work, also referred to as maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), and related projects, larger-scale projects in the utility, industrial and infrastructure markets and a range of industrial applications, including communications, energy, engineering and construction, general manufacturing, marine construction and marine transportation, mining, construction, infrastructure, oilfield services, petrochemical, transportation, utility and wastewater treatment. The Company’s industrial products include armored cable; bare copper and building wire; CIR crush and impact resistant cable; communication cable; hook-up; LifeGuard LSZH cables; mining cable, and tray cable. Its commercial and residential construction products include aluminum building wire and cable; copper building wire, and communication cable.

The Company’s utility cables include overhead transmission; substation control cable, and undergrou! nd/direct buried cable. Its Communication products are fiber optic cable; high-speed data cable; Houwire sound, security, and fire alarm cable; industrial Ethernet cable, and outside plant telephone cable. The Company’s electrical apparatus and accessories include cable and cord fittings; cast boxes; cast device boxes; commercial boxes; conduit bodies; conduit fittings; fixture hangers, and hazardous fittings. It offers a range of Mechanical Wires, including chains and accessories, custom fabrication, synthetic rope and slings, and wire rope and hardware. The Company caters to the utility market, industrial market and infrastructure market. The utility market includes investor-owned utilities, rural cooperatives and municipal power authorities. The industrial market comprises various manufacturing and production companies. The infrastructure market includes education and health care; air, ground and rail transportation, and telecommunications and wastewater.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Houston Wire & Cable (NASDAQ:HWCC) hit a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Wednesday after an insider bought additional shares in the company. The stock traded as low as $8.40 and last traded at $8.35, with a volume of 604 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $7.90.

Top Financial Stocks To Watch For 2021: Fuel Tech, Inc.(FTEK)

Fuel Tech, Inc. provides boiler optimization, efficiency improvement, and air pollution reduction and control solutions to utility and industrial customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Air Pollution Control Technology and FUEL CHEM Technology. The Air Pollution Control Technology segment reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in flue gas from boilers, incinerators, furnaces, and other stationary combustion sources by utilizing low and ultra low NOx burners; over-fire air systems; NOxOUT and HERT selective non-catalytic reduction systems; advanced selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems; NOxOUT CASCADE and NOxOUT-SCR processes; ULTRA technology; ammonia injection grid and graduated straightening grid systems; and flue gas conditioning systems. The FUEL CHEM Technology segment improves the efficiency, reliability, and environmental status of combustion units by controlling slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity, and acid plume, as well as the formation of sulfur trioxide, ammonium bisulfate, particulate matter (PM2.5), sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and unburned carbon in fly ash through the addition of chemicals into the furnace using TIFI targeted in-furnace injection technology. This segment offers its FUEL CHEM program for plants operating in the electric utility, industrial, pulp and paper, waste-to-energy, university, and district heating markets, as well as to the owners of boilers, furnaces, and other combustion units. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Warrenville, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Here are last week’s top-performing penny stocks:

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Fuel Tech (NASDAQ:FTEK) issued its earnings results on Monday. The industrial products company reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, reports. Fuel Tech had a negative net margin of 17.57% and a negative return on equity of 2.86%.

Top Financial Stocks To Watch For 2021: Malibu Boats, Inc.(MBUU)

Malibu Boats, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells sport boats. The company provides boats for use in water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, and wake surfing, as well as general recreational boating. It also offers various accessories and aftermarket parts. The company sells its performance boats under the Malibu and Axis brands through a network of independent dealers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand markets. Malibu Boats, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Loudon, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Malibu Boats (NASDAQ:MBUU) was upgraded by stock analysts at B. Riley from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm currently has a $60.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $46.50. B. Riley’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 11.44% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Malibu Boats Inc (NASDAQ:MBUU) CFO Wayne R. Wilson sold 14,088 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.34, for a total value of $737,365.92. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

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