Jim Cramer says these are his favourite financial institution shares in 2022

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday reviewed the latest list of big bank earnings and explained why his nonprofit investment trust is sticking with his property MorganStanley and Wells Fargo.

“Banks are everywhere this earnings season, which just goes to show how important individual stock selection is,” he said “Bad Money” host said. “All banks are not created equal,” he added, although he expects 2022 to be a solid year overall for financials due to likely Federal Reserve rate hikes.

Citigroup

When Citigroup reported Friday, it indicated an 18% year-on-year increase in operating costs. That’s disappointing for Wall Street, Cramer said, because the company’s revenue rose just 1%.

Cramer said the best thing he could say about Citi stock is that it’s cheap, trading at about 80% of its tangible book value. However, he did concede that the stock, which is down nearly 5% over the past week, could see a rebound this quarter if Citi resumes share buybacks; The bank suspended its buyback program in December due to regulatory issues.

JPMorgan

Investors were disappointed too JPMorgan‘s leap in interest-free spending up 11% YoY‘ Cramer said. While it’s no secret that JPMorgan is investing in its business to fend off fintech competition, Cramer said the Street was a little surprised by the amount of capital tied up.

Cramer said he thinks JPMorgan’s sharp sell-off after earnings was a bit overdone. “After that drop, JPMorgan is trading at just 13 times earnings despite being the most expensive in the group [a book value basis]. I think you can do better,” he said.

Wells Fargo

Owned by Cramer’s Wells Fargo Charity Foundation exceeded analysts’ expectations for sales and earnings. “Most importantly, Wells is very interest rate sensitive. So when you see bond yields rising, think Wells Fargo,” Cramer said, adding that the bank’s about-face under CEO Charlie Scharf is “finally paying off.”

Goldman Sachs

Cramer reiterated his positivity on Goldman Sachs, and states that he believes the investment banking giant can do it continue his record in 2021 with another strong performance this year. “Goldman is one of the best franchises in the world, but for heaven’s sake it’s selling for less than nine times its profits,” he said.

He said the only reason his charitable foundation doesn’t own Goldman Sachs is because it already owns Morgan Stanley. “I’m a big believer in diversification — you don’t have to have two investment banks in your portfolio,” he said.

MorganStanley

Cramer said he was very impressed Morgan Stanley’s earnings results for Wednesday, noting that sales and earnings per share exceeded Street’s expectations. Its investment banking unit and wealth management are doing well, Cramer said, and spending remains under control.

“Oh, and they’re aggressively buying back shares. asked Cramer rhetorically.

Bank of America

said Cramer Bank of America, the also reported on Wednesday, delivered solid numbers, including the fact that revenue growth of 10% outpaced spending growth of 6%.

“Like Wells Fargo, Bank of America is very sensitive to interest rates, which means it’s in a great position going into 2022,” Cramer said, adding that the only reason his charitable foundation doesn’t own Bank of America is because of that that he likes Wells Fargo better .

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