Improving operating backdrop, rising rate environment, expectations of lesser regulations and lower tax rates, and strengthening of the domestic economy are expected to continue supporting banking stocks. Keeping this in mind, we have selected The First of Long Island Corporation (FLIC - Free Report) for your consideration.
A positive trend in estimate revisions reflects optimism regarding the company’s earnings growth prospects. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for First of Long Island Corporation’s current-quarter earnings has moved up 5.6% over the last 60 days. Also, the current-year’s earnings estimates have climbed up 1.4% in the same time period.
Furthermore, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock has surged 5.4% over the past six months, widely outperforming the industry’s 0.7% rally.
Here’s What Might Drive the Stock Higher
Earnings Strength: While First of Long Island Corporation’s historical earnings per share (EPS) growth rate of 8.2% compares unfavorably with the industry average of 8.5%, investors should really focus on its projected EPS growth (F1/F0). Here, the company is looking to grow at a rate of 11.9%, higher than the industry average of 10.5%.
Revenue Growth: The company has been witnessing consistent improvement in revenues for the past few years. Revenues witnessed a compound annual growth rate of 13.2% over the last three years (2014-2016). Further, the top line is expected to increase 11.5% in 2017 compared with no growth for the industry.
Favorable ROE: First of Long Island Corporation’s return on equity (ROE) supports its growth potential. It’s ROE of 10.81% compares favorably with the industry average of 8.67%, implying that it is efficient in using its shareholders’ funds.
Other Stocks to Consider
Some other top-ranked stocks from the same space are ConnectOne Bancorp (CNOB - Free Report) and CNB Financial (CCNE - Free Report) sporting a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy), and First Commonwealth Financial (FCF - Free Report) carrying a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
ConnectOne Bancorp’s Zacks Consensus Estimate was revised 13.6% upward for the current year, in the last 60 days. The company’s share price increased 11.3% in the past six months.
CNB Financial witnessed an upward earnings estimate revision of 4.4% for the current year, in the last 60 days. Its share price rose 16.3% in the past six months.
First Commonwealth Financial witnessed upward earnings estimate revision of 2.5% for the current year, in the last 60 days. Its share price moved 10% upward in the past six months.
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