SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

October 05, 2011 08:16 ET

Savings & Loan Companies Focus on Shareholder Return

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on New York Community Bancorp and First Niagara Financial

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2011) - Savings and Loan stocks have been on the downswing since the Federal Reserve announced that it will push long term interest rates lower. On the upside, "Operation Twist" is designed to spur loan growth -- something banks have struggled to regain in the aftermath of the recession. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Savings & Loan Industry and provides equity research on New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYB) and First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNFG). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.paragonreport.com/NYB

www.paragonreport.com/FNFG

In its statement, the Fed noted that the economy is growing slowly, unemployment is high and housing remains in a prolonged slump. The central bank said in a statement that operation twist was aimed at reducing the cost of borrowing for businesses and consumers, including the cost of mortgage loans. It hopes that the lower rates will encourage companies to build new factories and hire more workers, and consumers to start spending again on homes and cars and clothes and vacations.

In recent quarters, banks have begun to post improved credit quality. More thorough and cautious credit checks have led to fewer delinquent loans and greater financial stability. As such, banks are setting aside less money to cover bad loans, and some are seeing loan losses recede. While credit quality improved, the high unemployment rate has been damaging to banks' long term loan growth.

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Despite new government regulations and consistently low interest rates, companies in the Savings & Loan Industry continue to pay some of the largest dividends in the Financial Sector. With the VIX volatility index pushing towards record levels over the last month, long term investors have turned their attention to safe haven plays. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market, believing in the company's security and real earnings power.

New York Community Bancorp currently pays an annual dividend of one dollar per share for a yield of around 8.4 percent. First Niagara Financial pays an annual dividend of 64 cents for a yield of 7 percent.

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