With the Financial Select Sector SPDR (AMEX:XLF) down 31% over the past year, it goes without saying that financial stocks haven't been getting much love lately. But keep in mind that the healthy companies no one wants to touch often prove that ugly stocks make great opportunities.

With that in mind, I used our new CAPS screening tool to find the most attractive stocks in the financial sector.

They also have:

  • Market capitalizations greater than $1 billion.
  • At least 300 active picks.
  • Five-star ratings, the highest possible, from our CAPS community.

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, CAPS' five-star companies outperformed the market with an average gain of nearly 28%.


Share Price

Market Cap (in billions)




Banco Bradesco



Banco Itau (NYSE:ITU)



CapitalSource (NYSE:CSE)









Lloyds TSB



Markel (NYSE:MKL)



National Bank of Greece



NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX)



Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of May 13.

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