My Favorite Stocks for 2013

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Brendan: Let's move on to financials. What do you think, 2013, what's your top stock?

Matt: I was trying to think through which is the one financial stock that I'm looking forward to in 2013. The problem is, and maybe this is a little home bias here, but I like so many of the banks, going forward. Even the big banks that a lot of people are going to stay away from, I'm going to look at that.

I look at Bank of America  (NYSE: BAC  ) , I look at Citigroup  (NYSE: C  ) , I look at JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM  ) . I go outside of the banks into the insurance, to AIG (NYSE: AIG  ) like I was talking about, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) , which is still technically an insurer. It's a giant conglomerate.

Getting back to the big banks, you've got really low valuations here, and you've got meaningful change coming to these banks. Bank of America has cleared up a lot of its legal risk. Just yesterday it filed suit against MBIA. It's got a big, ongoing headache with them and they're trying to sort that out.

That could mean billions in a hit against Bank of America, but they've absorbed these billion-dollar legal hits again and again, and they do have a big reserve against it, but they're getting through these legal problems. 

They've got different leadership than they had before the crisis. I think Brian Moynihan is doing a great job there. You look at Citigroup; they've got new management. I think Michael Corbat has promise. He's only been there for a little while, hasn't shown a whole lot there yet, but I think he's got definite promise. 

You look at these changes, you look at the valuation, I think they're pretty attractive.


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