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January 27th, 2010

What to do with Bank Stocks?

(Michael Farr) - Most of the larger banks have reported fourth quarter earnings already, and we must admit the results were better than we had anticipated. In general, the growth in problem loans declined, capital and reserve ratios strengthened, low-cost deposits continued to grow at a robust pace, and earnings largely surpassed estimates. Absent the bucket of cold water that President Obama threw on the sector when he announced new regulatory initiatives late last week, the 4Q results may have actually strengthened the resolve of those that believe we are nearing a peak in credit losses for this painful cycle. So while we at Farr, Miller & Washington remain non-believers for now (which we will explain further below), let’s examine some of the factors that have many people believing that the days of outsized loan write-offs at the banks are nearly over.

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July 16th, 2009

Fed Comments Help Stocks

(Lee Siler) - The market had one of the best days of the year on brisk trading. Earnings news is adding fuel to this market and this morning JP Morgan Chase is the accelerant. The company announced that strength in their core consumer business and investment banking offset a jump in credit losses. Earnings were 28 cents a share versus estimates of only 4 cents. However, revenues fell slightly short of expectations. JPM is traded up almost 4.5% yesterday.

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