The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:McGraw-Hill Financial, Barclays, Bank of America, HSBC Holdings and JPMorgan Chase

  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:McGraw-Hill Financial, Barclays, Bank of
                  America, HSBC Holdings and JPMorgan Chase

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, July 12, 2013

CHICAGO, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include McGraw-Hill Financial Inc.
(NYSE:MHFI-Free Report), Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS-Free Report), Bank of America
Corporation (NYSE:BAC-Free Report), HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HBC-Free Report)
and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM-Free Report).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO)

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1Stock of
the Day pick for free.

Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

Another Big Draw, Crude Stays Over $100

The U.S. Energy Department's weekly inventory release showed that crude
stockpiles fell sharply for the second time in as many weeks amid climbing
refinery runs. The report further revealed that within the 'refined products'
category, gasoline stocks fell, while distillate supplies were up from the
week-ago level.

The bullish data from the U.S. government, together with the ongoing unrest in
Egypt that could destabilize the resource-rich Middle East and further tighten
the global supply picture, has kept the commodity above $100 a barrel since
last week. However, indications of a slowdown from China – the world's second
largest economy – may play spoilsport and pull back oil prices.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) Petroleum Status Report,
containing data of the previous week ending Friday, outlines information
regarding the weekly change in petroleum inventories held and produced by the
U.S., both locally and abroad.

The report provides an overview of the level of reserves and their movements,
thereby helping investors understand the demand/supply dynamics of petroleum
products. It is an indicator of current oil prices and volatility that affect
the businesses of the companies engaged in the oil and refining industry.

Crude Oil: The federal government's EIA report revealed that crude inventories
fell by 9.87 million barrels for the week ending Jul 05, 2013, following a
decrease of 10.35 million barrels in the previous week.

The analysts surveyed by Platts – the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill
Financial Inc. (NYSE:MHFI-Free Report) – had expected crude stocks to go down
some 3.8 million barrels. An uptick in refinery processing rates – to their
highest level since 2007 – led to the massive stockpile drawdown with the
world's biggest oil consumer even as imports and production rose.

In particular, crude inventories at the Cushing terminal in Oklahoma – the key
delivery hub for U.S. crude futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange
– were down 2.69 million barrels from the previous week's level to 46.97
million barrels. Stocks are currently 9.5% under the all-time high of 51.86
million barrels reached in Jan.

As a result of the second successive weekly inventory plunge, at 373.92
million barrels, current crude supplies have gone 1.1% below the year-earlier
level, though it is still close to the upper limit of the average for this
time of the year. The crude supply cover was down from 24.5 days in the
previous week to 23.6 days. In the year-ago period, the supply cover was 24.1
days.

Barclays Wins Dismissal of Credit Union Case

Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS-Free Report) heaved a sigh of relief when the U.S.
District Judge in Kansas City dismissed a case by National Credit Union
Administration (NCUA) – the U.S. regulator for credit unions. The lawsuit had
accused the company of selling risky mortgage based securities (MBS) worth
approximately $555 million from 2006–2007.

While dismissing the case, the U.S. District Judge stated that the NCUA had
waited too long to file the case against Barclays. The chargesheet should have
been lodged within 3 years (by Mar 20, 2012) of the NCUA being named the
conservator of credit unions. However, the case was filed in Sep 2012.

Barclays was accused of selling MBS to 2 corporate credit unions – the U.S.
Federal Credit Union and the Western Corporate Federal Credit Union – leading
to their failure in 2009. Since then, the NCUA has been trying to recover the
losses.

The dismissal of the case is a setback for the NCUA. The regulator had sued 10
major global banks on similar charges.

Out of these, Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC-Free Report), Deutsche
Bank AG, HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HBC-Free Report) and Citigroup Inc. settled
their respective cases with the NCUA, thereby enabling the regulator to
recover roughly $335 million. However, Credit Suisse Group, Goldman Sachs
Group Inc., Wells Fargo & Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM-Free Report)
and UBS AG continue to face similar charges from the NCUA.

The dismissal of the case removes a legal headwind for Barclays. However, the
company still faces a number of lawsuits related to its conduct during the
financial crisis. Though the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)
manipulation scandal led to a fine of £290 million ($453 million) in Jun 2012,
Barclays has moved forward to regain investors' confidence through various
transformational initiatives.

Currently, Barclays carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1Stock of
the Day pick for free.

About Zacks Equity Research

Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative
analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the
long-term.

Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded
stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights
to developments that affect company profits and stock performance.
Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

Zacks "Profit from the Pros" e-mail newsletter provides highlights of the
latest analysis from Zacks Equity Research. Subscribe to this free newsletter
today.

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed
in 1978. The later formation of the Zacks Rank, a proprietary stock picking
system; continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best
way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of
Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit
from the Pros. In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED
to be worth your time! Register for your free subscription to Profit from the
Pros.

Get the full Report on MHFI - FREE

Get the full Report on BCS - FREE

Get the full Report on BAC - FREE

Get the full Report on HBC – FREE
Get the full Report on JPM – FREE

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/zacksresearch

Join us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Zacks-Investment-Research/57553657748?ref=ts

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities
(including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in
transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such
affiliates.

Media Contact
Zacks Investment Research
800-767-3771 ext. 9339
support@zacks.com
http://www.zacks.com

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment
is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational
purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or
tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No
recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is
suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumedthat any
investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and
described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the
date of herein andis subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions
expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment
Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset
management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical
portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced
monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual
portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit
http://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers
displayed in this press release.

SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

Website: http://www.zacks.com
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.