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The following are the top rated Financial stocks according to Validea's Contrarian Investor model based on the published strategy of David Dreman . This contrarian strategy finds the most unpopular mid- and large-cap stocks in the market and looks for improving fundamentals.

HSBC HOLDINGS PLC (ADR) ( HSBC ) is a large-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: HSBC Holdings plc ( HSBC ) is the banking and financial services company. The Company manages its products and services through four businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM), Commercial Banking (CMB), Global Banking and Markets (GB&M), and Global Private Banking (GPB). It operates across various geographical regions, which include Europe, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, North America and Latin America. RBWM business offers Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Asset Management and Insurance. CMB services include working capital, term loans, payment services and international trade facilitation, among other services, as well as expertise in mergers and acquisitions, and access to financial markets. GB&M supports government, corporate and institutional clients across the world. GPB's products and services include Investment Management, Private Wealth Solutions, and a range of Private Banking services.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: PASS
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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PACWEST BANCORP ( PACW ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: PacWest Bancorp is a bank holding company for Pacific Western Bank (the Bank). The Company is focused on relationship-based business banking to small, middle-market and venture-backed businesses. As of October 23, 2017, the Bank offered a range of loan and deposit products and services through 83 branches located throughout the state of California, one branch located in Durham, North Carolina, and several loan production offices located in cities across the country. The Company provides commercial banking services, and deposit and treasury management services to small and middle-market businesses. It offers products and services through its CapitalSource and Square 1 Bank divisions. In addition, the Company provides investment advisory and asset management services to select clients through Square 1 Asset Management, Inc., a subsidiary of the Bank.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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THE CARLYLE GROUP LP ( CG ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Investment Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman is 86% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: The Carlyle Group L.P. is a diversified multi-product global alternative asset management firm. The Company operates in four segments: Corporate Private Equity ( CPE ), Real Assets, Global Market Strategies ( GMS ) and Investment Solutions. Corporate Private Equity advises its buyout and growth capital funds, which pursue various corporate investments of different sizes and growth potentials. As of December 31, 2016, the Real Assets segment advised its 26 active carry funds focused on real estate, infrastructure and energy and natural resources (including power). As of December 31, 2016, the Global Market Strategies segment advised a group of 57 active funds that pursue investment strategies, including leveraged loans and structured credit, energy mezzanine opportunities, middle market lending and distressed debt. Its Investment Solutions segment provides investment opportunities and resources for its investors and clients.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: FAIL
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: FAIL
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: PASS
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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FS KKR CAPITAL CORP (FSK) is a mid-cap value stock in the Misc. Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman is 86% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: FS KKR Capital Corp, formerly FS Investment Corporation is an externally managed, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company's investment objectives are to generate current income and long-term capital appreciation. Its portfolio consists primarily of investments in senior secured loans and second lien secured loans of the private United States middle market companies and subordinated loans of the private United States companies. It may purchase interests in loans or make other debt investments, including investments in senior secured bonds, through secondary market transactions in the over-the-counter market or directly from target companies as primary market or directly originated investments. It invests in a range of industries, including capital goods; consumer services; consumer durables and apparel; materials; commercial and professional services, and diversified financials. Its investment advisor is FB Income Advisor, LLC.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: FAIL
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: FAIL
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: PASS
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON EQUITY: PASS
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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LLOYDS BANKING GROUP PLC (ADR) (LYG) is a large-cap value stock in the Money Center Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on David Dreman is 86% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Lloyds Banking Group plc is a provider of financial services to individual and business customers in the United Kingdom. The Company's main business activities are retail and commercial banking, general insurance, and long-term savings, protection and investment. The Company's segments are Retail, Commercial Banking, Consumer Finance, Insurance and Other. The Retail segment offers a range of financial service products, including current accounts, savings and mortgages. The Commercial Banking segment offers a range of products and services, such as lending, transactional banking, working capital management, risk management and debt capital markets services. The Consumer Finance segment offers consumer lending products, including motor finance, credit cards, and unsecured personal loans. The Insurance segment provides a range of protection, pension and investment products. Its brands include Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows, Colleys, Lex Autolease and AMC.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

MARKET CAP: PASS
EARNINGS TREND: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST AND FUTURE: PASS
P/E RATIO: PASS
PRICE/CASH FLOW (P/CF) RATIO: PASS
PRICE/BOOK (P/B) VALUE: PASS
PRICE/DIVIDEND (P/D) RATIO: PASS
PAYOUT RATIO: FAIL
RETURN ON EQUITY: FAIL
PRE-TAX PROFIT MARGINS: PASS
YIELD: PASS

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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on David Dreman has returned 103.72% vs. 200.82% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About David Dreman : Dreman's Kemper-Dreman High Return Fund was one of the best-performing mutual funds ever, ranking as the best of 255 funds in its peer groups from 1988 to 1998, according to Lipper Analytical Services. At the time Dreman published Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation, the fund had been ranked number one in more time periods than any of the 3,175 funds in Lipper's database. In addition to managing money, Dreman is also a longtime Forbes magazine columnist.

About Validea : Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here



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