Over the objections of the board of directors, shareholders of Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ:AOBC) adopted a resolution to force the gunmaker to report on gun violence in the country and the impact on and risk to the company’s financial and operational health.
Similar to the one the same shareholders had Sturm, Ruger produce, the resolution demanded American Outdoor examine three things and issue a report on its findings by Feb. 8. The company was to:
Monitor violent events in which Smith & Wesson products are used. Prove the gunmaker is working to produce safer firearms and related products. Assess the risks to the gunmaker’s reputation and financial well-being from gun violence in the U.S.
The reportmet all three requirements, but it also came out with guns drawn in defense of its business and industry, as well as the gun buyers who support it. Here’s what it had to say.
Defending gun buyers and the Second Amendment is an important component of American Outdoor Brands’ reputation. Image source: Getty Images.
Best Growth Stocks For 2021: Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.(SASR)
Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) is the bank holding company for Sandy Spring Bank (the “Bank”). The Company is registered as a bank holding company pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (the “Holding Company Act”). As such, the Company is subject to supervision and regulation by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”). The Company began operating in 1988. Sandy Spring Bank traces its origin to 1868, making it among the oldest banking institutions in the region. The Bank is independent, community oriented, and conducts a full-service commercial banking business through 45 community offices located in Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D. C. The Bank is a state chartered bank subject to supervision and regulation by the Federal Reserve and the State of Maryland. Advisors’ Opinion:
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Acadian Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) during the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor bought 10,892 shares of the bank’s stock, valued at approximately $341,000.
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Nicolet Bankshares (NASDAQ:NCBS) and Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ:SASR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.
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Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ:SASR) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.
Best Growth Stocks For 2021: CoBiz Financial Inc.(COBZ)
CoBiz Financial Inc. (CoBiz), incorporated on February 19, 1980, is a financial holding company. The Company operates in three segments: Commercial Banking, Fee-Based Lines, and Corporate Support and Other. The Company’s Commercial Banking segment offers commercial, real estate and private banking, as well as treasury management, interest-rate hedging and depository products. The Company’s Fee-Based Lines segment offers employee benefits brokerage and consulting, insurance brokerage and wealth management services. The Company’s subsidiary CoBiz Bank (the Bank) is a full-service business banking institution serving approximately two markets, including Colorado and Arizona. In Colorado, the Bank operates under the name Colorado Business Bank and has over 10 locations, including approximately nine in the Denver metropolitan area, and others in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Vail. In Arizona, the Bank operates under the name Arizona Business Bank and has over five locations serving the Phoenix metropolitan area and the surrounding area of Maricopa County.
The Company’s other subsidiaries include CoBiz Insurance, Inc. and CoBiz IM, Inc. (CoBiz IM). CoBiz Insurance, Inc. provides commercial, personal property and casualty (P&C) insurance brokerage, risk management consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals, and provides employee benefits consulting, insurance brokerage and related administrative support to employers. CoBiz IM provides wealth planning and investment management to institutions and individuals through its investment advisor subsidiary, CoBiz Wealth, LLC.
The Company provides a range of lending services, including commercial loans, commercial and residential real estate construction loans, commercial and residential real estate-mortgage loans, consumer loans, revolving lines of credit and tax-exempt financing. Its primary lending focus is commercial and real estate lending to small- and medium-s! ized businesses with annual sales of $5 million to $75 million, and businesses and individuals with borrowing requirements of $250,000 to $15 million. Commercial loans consist of loans to small and medium-sized businesses in a range of industries. Real estate mortgage loans include various types of loans, for which the Company holds real property as collateral.
The Company originates loans to finance construction projects, including one- to four-family residences, multifamily residences, commercial office, senior housing and industrial projects. The Company provides a range of consumer loans to customers, including personal lines of credit, home equity loans, jumbo mortgage loans and automobile loans. Other loans include lending products, such as taxable and tax-exempt leasing, not defined as commercial, real estate, acquisition and development, construction, or consumer loans. The Company’s total loans amount to approximately $2.7 billion.
The Company classifies its investment securities as held to maturity, available for sale or trading. Available for sale securities consist of bonds, notes and debentures (including corporate debt and trust preferred securities (TPS)) not classified as held to maturity securities. Investment securities held to maturity consist of residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS), bonds, notes and debentures. The total investment securities of the Company are approximately $345.58.
Sources of Funds
The Company’s sources of funds are customer deposits. The Company offers a range of accounts for depositors, which are designed to attract both short- and long-term deposits. These accounts include certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts, savings accounts, checking accounts and individual retirement accounts. The Company’s short-term borrowings include federal funds purchased, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, which mature within approximately 90 days, and a line of c! redit wit! h the federal home loan banks (FHLB). The deposits of the Company are totaled to approximately $2.7 billion.
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CoBiz Financial (NASDAQ:COBZ) and MB Financial (NASDAQ:MBFI) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.
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Best Growth Stocks For 2021: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)
Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. The company?s Windows & Windows Live Division segment offers PC operating system that primarily includes Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems; Windows live suite of applications and Web services; and Microsoft PC hardware products. Its Microsoft?s Server and Tools segment provides Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Azure, Windows Intune, Windows Embedded, Visual Studio, Silverlight, system center products, Microsoft consulting services, and product support services. This segment also offers enterprise consulting services; and training and certification to developers and information technology professionals, as well as builds standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. The company?s Online Services Division segment provides online information and content through Bing, MSN portals, and adCenter, as well as Atlas online tools for advertisers. Its Microsoft Business Division segment offers Microsoft office; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft SharePoint; Microsoft Lync; Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM; and Microsoft Office Web Apps, as well as office 365, an online service, offering Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. The company?s Entertainment and Devices Division segment provides Xbox 360 entertainment platform, which includes the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 video games, Xbox LIVE, and Xbox 360 accessories; Mediaroom, an Internet protocol television software; and Windows Phone that provide Microsoft Office and Xbox LIVE functionality. It markets and distributes its products and services through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as through online. Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is headquartered i n Redmond, Washington.
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