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Bank of America's Moment Is Now, Despite Troubled Waters

Stocks in this article: BAC

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Bank of America (BAC) closed Friday at $15.45.

There is a major concern floating that has investors wiping the sweat off of their foreheads. They're worried that the Justice Department will fine the company, and Bank of America will have to pay at least $12 billion.

This fine of $12 billion would be greater than BofA's 2013 net profit. That profit was the largest the company has seen in six years. Many estimates have shown that $5 billion of the $12 billion will go toward helping consumers who have suffered from toxic mortgages.

Chief executive officer Brian Moynihan commented at the first-quarter 2014 earnings conference, "The cost of resolving more of our mortgage issues hurt our earnings this quarter."

He added, "But the earnings power of our business and customer strategy generated solid results, and we continued to return excess capital to our shareholders."

Back on April 28, BofA shares plummeted nearly 6% after the company announced that it had not correctly disclosed calculations of its regulatory capital; BofA currently manages $2.2 trillion in assets.

One of its units, Merrill Edge, has consistently reported increases in brokerage assets, which is a good indicator for future growth.

Fundamentally, Bank of America is doing great, with a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.06 and beta of 2.0. It is right in between its 52-week high and low of $18.03 and $12.13. This may be the perfect chance to buy the company, although shares have not skyrocketed. Investors are still looking for a market pullback.

2009 is long gone. Although we still to remember it as if it were yesterday, the reality is it wasn't. Since that time, the stock has soared from a mere $3.50 per share to around $15 per share.

Major risks for current investors in the company include a market pullback and a worsening of macroeconomic conditions.

Analysts are expecting the financial services company to report annual earnings per share of 92 cents. BofA is scheduled to report its second-quarter financial results on July 16.

I rate this company a buy, as growth in individual sectors, earnings per share and revenue increases.

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At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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