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Why Heartland Financial (HTLF) Stock Might be a Great Pick
November 30, 2016

HTLF

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One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (HTLF - Free Report) . This is because this security in the Banks – Midwest space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Banks – Midwest space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 42 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, Heartland Financial is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

HEARTLAND FINCL Price and Consensus

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have risen from 74 cents per share to 75 cents per share, while current year estimates have risen from $3.14 per share to $3.22 per share. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), which is also a favorable signal. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider Heartland Financial. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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