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July 13, 2011 08:16 ET

Barclays and Deutsche Bank Prepare to Reveal Financial Strength

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Barclays PLC and Deutsche Bank

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - The European Banking Authority is set to release the results of its stress tests into 91 EU banks this Friday. Banks will have to show they can maintain a core capital ratio of at least 5 percent to pass a test based on a mix of theoretical market shocks. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Foreign Banking Sector and provides stock analysis on Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) (LSE: BARC) and Deutsche Bank AG (DB) (NYSE: DB) (FRANKFURT: DBK). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

A recent report from Reuters, citing a draft EU document prepared for finance ministers, says that EU nations will provide promises of support to banks that fail stress tests if they cannot raise new capital within six months. The document gives banks until the end of September or earlier to come up with a plan to repair their finances and a further three months to complete it.

Bankers and analysts believe that up to a dozen banks may fail the tests, most in Spain, Germany and Greece.

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After failing to uncover much of the extent of financial turmoil for banks in Ireland, European banking regulators toughened stress tests on foreign lenders this year. Last year's stress tests proved a massive failure. All but seven of 91 banks that underwent stress tests passed a 6 percent tier one capital threshold, a measure of financial strength -- this included two Irish banks that had to be bailed out four months later.

Irish banks were put through a separate stricter test earlier this year as part of the EU-IMF bailout programme, which uncovered a EUR 24bn capital hole in March.

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