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Stock number one is:
Stock number one is Bank of America Corp. (SYMBOL: BAC ) and the headline says:
BofA Chief Moynihan Said to Summon Managers for Revenue Push (Bloomberg)
“Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan has summoned more than 100 of his regional leaders to a private meeting today where they’ll be pushed to boost the lender’s flagging revenue,” reports Bloomberg. BofA’s revenue fell 17% in 2011 and another 9% in 2012.
The revenue push will be modeled after Citibank’s famed “Financial Supermarket” concept, which emphasized cross-selling banking, mortgage and investment services to customers.
Projected earnings per share are rising at BofA after a string of losses. The stock price has risen to a trading range of $11-$15. Bottom-feeders are finally being rewarded with capital gains, but we wouldn’t recommend people throwing money at BofA shares.
Our Ransom Note trendline says: HOLD BANK OF AMERICA
Stock number two is:
Global Payments Inc. (SYMBOL: GPN) and the headline says:
Global Payments has Disappointing Quarter vs. Consensus Expectations (Citi Research)
Global Payments Inc., a provider of e-payment processing services, reported third quarter revenue, operating income and earnings per share slightly below expectations. Citi Research is maintaining a buy rating on the stock.
Earnings per share are projected to grow 5% this year at Global Payments, while competitors Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) have projected earnings growth of over 15% for 2013 and more bullish charts. We recommended Visa & MasterCard on March 28.
We see no reason to chase less successful companies in the stock market when investors can maximize potential capital gains by going with industry leaders.
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