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Zacks Value Trader Highlights: KRE, QABA, XLF, JPMorgan and Bank of America

Zacks Value Trader Highlights: KRE, QABA, XLF, JPMorgan and Bank of America

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Chicago, IL – October 1, 2021 – Zacks Value Trader is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here:

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My Favorite Bank Stocks in 2021

Welcome to Episode #253 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

There’s always a bull market somewhere.

In 2021, two beaten down industries have made big comebacks: energy and banks.

Both have been underperforming since the financial crisis.

Over the last 5 years, for instance, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF KRE has gained just 62% while the S&P 500 has jumped 100% and the NASDAQ has soared 173%.

It’s been even worse for the First Trust NASDAQ Community Bank ETF QABA. It is up just 37.1% over the last 5 years.

Are Big Banks Better?

However, the banks have rallied in 2021 with the big banks seemingly out performing.

The Financial Select SPDR ETF XLF, which includes insurance companies, is up 30% year-to-date and is near its 52-week highs, while the S&P 500 has gained just 16% during that time.

It’s 3 largest positions include two of the largest US banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM and Bank of America BAC.

They are up 30% and 42%, respectively, this year.

In a Bull Market, Should You Look at Smaller Banks?

But in a bull market in the banks, with earnings on the rise, the smaller banks are well situated to be big winners.

Other than buying the Community Bank ETF, how do you find individual bank stocks to invest in?

At any given time, there can be dozens of Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and #2 (Buy) bank stocks. And all of them are cheap right now.

That’s why Tracey decided to share 3 of her favorite smaller bank stocks this week.

Tune into the podcast to find out what they are.

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