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Value Investors, 3 Banks Stocks Belong in Your Portfolio: Scaramucci

With the year drawing to a close investors are starting to think about how to allocate capital in 2012.

And perhaps no other investment generates more fear than a long position in banks. You know the reasons to avoid banks, new regulations, increased capital requirements and uncertainty in Europe.

But if you’re a value investor, top hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci says be like Warren Buffett and be greedy while others are fearful.

Specifically, he thinks Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan belong in every portfolio as value trades.

Here's why.

First, he doesn’t think they have a lot farther to fall. “A whole lot of bad news is already factored into these stocks,” he says.

But second and perhaps more important Scaramucci thinks the Street is forgetting something. “An inkling of good news could send these stocks much higher.” And he sees plenty of catalysts including the potential of “improved write-downs, increased loan activity, new buy backs and even dividend increases.”

Trader Frank Zorrilla doesn’t buy the thesis. “Visa and Mastercard are the only way I’d play in this space,” he tells us. “They’re both near 52-week highs – in this space stay with what’s working.”

“That momentum trading,” counters Scaramucci. “I’m a value guy.”

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