Good News for Bank Profits

In today's edition of "Talking Stocks," analysts Andrew Tonner and Anand Chokkavelu look at the good news for bank profits today: a growing interest-rate spread.

The New York Times reports that the interest-rate spread has doubled from 2007 to today. This is good news for banks' profits and creates an environment for them to be more conservative while also keeping more profits. It could explain why you see companies such as Wells Fargo placing big bets or mortgages right now. Prudently managed banks such as Wells could see a nice upside surprise in the next few quarters, and at today's prices, that leaves a lot of room on the upside for the long-term investor.

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