While Horowitz also said that the timing of JPMorgan's loss "could not have been worse, and will likely impact all capital market sensitive stocks due to increased concerns of a more restrictive Volker rule," he was "not convinced this will necessarily lead to a much stricter rule that will significantly impact" trading returns, "since the other side of the coin is that it would severely impact liquidity in the markets."
Horowitz rates JPMorgan Chase a "Buy," with a $45 price target, estimating the company will earn $$4.35 a share this year, followed by EPS of $5.20 during 2013.
JPMorgan Chase's shares returned 13% year-to-date through Friday's close, pulling back 20% from their year-to-date closing high of $46.49 on March 27.At Friday's close, JPMorgan's shares traded for 1.2 times tangible book value, according to Thomson Reuters Bank Insight, and for less than seven times the consensus 2013 earnings estimate of $5.54 a share, among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate was $4.68. Hagerman suggested that investors "stick w/quality regionals, particularly as a safety trade for the time being," with Sterne Agee's "favorite names" remaining Wells Fargo (WFC) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), with "favorite momentum plays" including BB&T (BBT) and PacWest Bancorp (PACW).
- Shares of Wells Fargo closed at $33.31 Friday, returning 23% year-to-date, following a 10% decline during 2011. The shares trade for twice their tangible book value and nine times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate of $3.68. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate is $3.28. Hagerman rates Wells Fargo a "Buy," with a $38 price target.
- Shares of PNC closed at $65.48 Friday, returning 15% year-to-date, following a 3% decline last year. The shares trade for 1.4 times tangible book value and 9.5 times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate of $6.89. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate is $6.19. Hagerman rates PNC a "Buy," with a $74 price target.
- BB&T of Winston-Salem, N.C., closed at $31.75 Friday, returning 28% year-to-date, following a 2% decline during 2011. The shares trade for 2.1 times tangible book value and 10.5 times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate of $3.02. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate is $2.68. Hagerman rates BB&T a "Buy," with a $35 price target.
- Shares of PacWest Bancorp of Los Angeles closed at $24.55 Friday, returning 31% year-to-date, following a 10% decline last year. The shares trade for 1.9 times tangible book value, according to Worldscope data provided by Thomson Reuters, and 13 times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate of 1.89. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate is $1.80. Hagerman has a "Hold" rating on PacWest, with a $28 price target.
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