Jim Cramer’s 11 Favorite Financial Stocks

Jim Cramer is the host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” and the chairman of TheStreet.com. Nearly 250,000 people watch his show daily on TV and most of these are ordinary investors trying to understand what’s going on in the market. Cramer’s bullish and bearish stock picks on his show are the starting point for many investments made by these folks.

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We compiled the list of financial stocks that have been recommended on Mad Money during the last 30 days. Here are Jim Cramer’s 11 favorite financial stocks:

1- Annaly Capital (NLY): Annaly Capital is a real estate investment trust and the highest dividend paying stock among the Cramer’s favorites.  Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of NLY four times during the last month. NLY recently traded at $17.53 and has a 14.8% dividend yield. NLY gained 18.5% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $14.57 billion and P/E ratio of 6.12. Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners had $29 million invested in NLY shares. (See Clough’s top holdings here).

2- PNC Financial Services (PNC): The PNC Financial Services Group is a diversified financial services company. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of PNC two times during the last month. PNC recently traded at $51.18 and has a 2.7% dividend yield. PNC lost 11.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $26.94 billion and P/E ratio of 8.24. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management had $379 million invested in PNC at the end of March. (See Ken Fisher’s top holdings here)

3- Advance America (AEA): Advance America, Cash Advance Centers Inc. is a U.S. firm providing consumer financial services to its clients. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of AEA once during the last month. AEA recently traded at $7.6 and has a 3.3% dividend yield. AEA gained 107.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $474 million and P/E ratio of 10.7. D.E. Shaw, Renaissance Technologies and AQR Capital are among the hedge funds that are bullish about AEA.

4- Anworth Mortgage Asset (ANH): Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation is a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of ANH once during the last month. ANH recently traded at $6.87 and has a 14.6% dividend yield. ANH gained 13.2% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $869 million and P/E ratio of 7.81.

5- Ares Capital (ARCC): Ares Capital Corporation is a specialty finance company specializing in acquisition, recapitalization, mezzanine debt, restructurings, rescue financing and leveraged buyout transactions of middle market companies. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of ARCC once during the last month. ARCC recently traded at $14.27 and has a 9.8% dividend yield. ARCC gained 4.9% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $2.92 billion and P/E ratio of 3.55. Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners and John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital had ARES in their portfolios at the end of March (See Griffin’s top holdings here).

6- First Cash Financial Serv (FCFS): First Cash Financial Services operates consumer finance stores in the United States and Mexico. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of FCFS once during the last month. FCFS recently traded at $41.92 and gained 73.5% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $1.29 billion and P/E ratio of 20.86.

7- Federal Realty Investment (FRT): Federal Realty Investment is a real estate investment trust. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of FRT once during the last month. FRT recently traded at $80.54 and has a 3.3% dividend yield. FRT gained 5.4% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $5.01 billion and P/E ratio of 40.47.

8- Health Care REIT (HCN): Health Care REIT is an equity real estate investment trust. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of HCN once during the last month. HCN recently traded at $45.7 and has a 6.3% dividend yield. HCN gained 4.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $8.08 billion and P/E ratio of 134.41.

9- Janus Capital Group (JNS): Janus Capital Group is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of JNS once during the last month. JNS recently traded at $7.35 and has a 2.7% dividend yield. JNS lost 30.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $1.37 billion and P/E ratio of 7.58.

10- Morgan Stanley (MS): Morgan Stanley is one of the leading financial holding companies operating worldwide. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of MS once during the last month. MS recently traded at $20.02 and has a 1% dividend yield. MS lost 27% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $38.7 billion and P/E ratio of 33.37.

11- US Bancorp (USB): U.S. Bancorp provides various banking and financial services in the United States.  Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of USB once during the last month. USB recently traded at $23.72 and has a 2.1% dividend yield. USB gained 1.6% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $45.7 billion and P/E ratio of 11.35. Warren Buffett had $1.8 billion invested in USB shares. (Check out Warren Buffett’s top holdings)

Market data is sourced from Finviz and Yahoo Finance.

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