NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - With the sector soaring so far this year, bank stocks may be pressured in the last four months, and "the banks best positioned are those institutions that can grow revenues, effectively manage expenses and deploy capital," according to Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch.
"For 2013, we rank C and JPM at the top of this list," Orenbuch wrote in note to clients late Wednesday.
As TheStreet outlined in 5 Cheapest Bank Stocks last month, shares of Citigroup (C - Get Report) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) trade at very low multiples to forward earnings estimates, when compared to their large bank peers, and even when compared to smaller regional banks.
Orenbuch rates both stocks "Outperform," with a $60 price target for Citigroup and a price target of $65 for JPMorgan.Citi's shares closed at $49.60 Wednesday and traded for 9.1 times the consensus 2014 earnings estimate of $5.46 a share, among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. JPMorgan Chase closed at $51.87 Wednesday. The shares traded for 8.5 times the consensus 2014 EPS estimate of $6.11. Here's how those valuations stack up against the other two members of the "big four" U.S. banking club: Bank of America's (BAC - Get Report) shares traded for 10.5 times the consensus 2014 EPS estimate of $1.36, based on Wednesday's close at $14.32. Despite being consistently the most profitable among the big four, Wells Fargo's (WFC - Get Report) shares are slightly cheaper on a forward P/E basis than Bank of America's shares, closing at $41.50 Wednesday, or 10.3 times the consensus 2014 EPS estimate of $4.02.