This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

5 Hated Stocks That Could Squeeze Higher in March

Stocks in this article: EQIX MTB SIRI SYY VMED

Food distribution is all about the tradeoff between cost and quality -- too pricey and restaurants can't afford to stock their kitchens, too low-quality and restaurants lose with patrons. Sysco's size enables it to strike the balance very well with a more effective supply chain than smaller peers. From a food service standpoint, it makes sense to turn to a supplier like Sysco; after all, the firm can take many of the costs and food safety concerns off of a restaurateur's plate, helping profitability down the line as well.

While Sysco's growth-by-acquisition strategy has probably mostly run its course, there's still considerable room for organic growth as the pendulum keeps swinging toward higher consumer spending on dining out. Meanwhile, a hefty 3.5% dividend payout should keep eating away at shorts' ability to stay in this stock.

M&T Bank

It's a little surprising that M&T Bank (MTB - Get Report) is on our list of hated stocks. After all, this $13 billion regional banking name managed to come out of the Great Recession as one of the best-positioned banks in the country, and its performance continues to impress investors. In the last 12 months alone, shares have climbed close to 25%, easily besting the performance bought on by the broad market.

But short sellers see that performance as overblown at this point -- and they've boosted M&T's short interest ratio up to 10.3 as a result.

M&T Bank is one of the bigger regional banking names in the country, occupying a second tier in between the mammoth big-four banks and the hundreds of smaller regional names. Part of M&T's secret to success has been its unique business model: Believe it or not, this bank is actually a bank. That persistence in the retail banking space, coupled with strict underwriting policies, is a big part of why M&T was able to make it through the Great Recession without the struggles peers faced. In fact, this firm managed to grow its book considerably by buying smaller beleaguered banking names.

Even though the low-interest-rate environment that's being promulgated by the Fed is creating a challenges for MTB, the bank has been making up for it by increasing volume in recent quarters, particularly in its commercial loan book. This bank's lack of missteps isn't a reason to bet that it's due for one and short shares -- it's a reason to be a buyer.

3 of 5

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,678.70 +6.10 0.03%
S&P 500 2,057.09 +5.27 0.26%
NASDAQ 4,771.7630 +13.8840 0.29%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs