The Stocks Wall Street Was Buzzing About

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Find out what analysts had to say about banks after President Obama's re-election and utilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in this StockBlog Roundup.

Financial stocks took a post-election dive on worries about the "fiscal cliff" and the potential for greater regulation. But Jason Goldberg, senior equity analyst at Barclays Capital, said that book values and earnings at the banks can continue into next year.

CLSA analyst Mike Mayo also doesn't expect more regulation, but he worries about ongoing regulatory uncertainty as rules related to Dodd-Frank are still being written.

Mayo is recommending both Morgan Stanley and Citigroup for the first time in four years, because of their potential to restructure.

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed power infrastructure in parts of the Northeast, there may be opportunities for companies that provide recovery support, said Christine Tezak, analyst at Clearview Energy Partners. She cited companies like Quanta Services, MYR Group, Pike Electric and MasTec as potential winners as the rebuilding takes place.

Some analysts are also still positive on following its $1.8 billion acquisition of Kayak Software. "Priceline has history of successful, forward-thinking acquisitions," wrote Stifel Nicolaus analyst Michael Purcell, in a note released on Friday. "We see very little to be negative about from the acquisition of Kayak."

Investors looking for opportunities outside the U.S. may want to consider two U.K. retailers, Angus Campbell, head of sales at Capital Spreads, said. He thinks both food and clothing retailer Marks & Spencer and Associated British Foods can continue the rally during the holiday shopping season.

—By's Justin Menza

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