SOURCE: StockCall


July 05, 2012 08:20 ET

Equity Research on Zions Bancorp and East West Bancorp Inc. -- Pacific Banks Improving

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Jul 5, 2012) - offers free research on Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ: ZION) and East West Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: EWBC) from the Regional - Pacific Banks industry. Access these reports by clicking on the links below or by copy and pasting those to your address bar.

Pacific regional banks have garnered more attention lately as investors shy away from larger lenders with direct exposure to global risks. Fewer debt concerns, better credit quality and a much more stable regulatory environment is also working in their favor. is an online platform where investors doing their due diligence on the Regional - Pacific Banks industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Zions Bancorp and East West Bancorp Inc. To see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future, please visit the link below.

Improved credit quality may be the most encouraging factor for regional banks. East West Bancorp Inc. perhaps best exemplifies this trend. Improved credit quality led to a 70% decline in net charge-offs in the first quarter over the prior year and the bank continues to improve in this regard. Register now to have free access to our report on East West Bancorp Inc., and to do so please click the link below.

While debt concerns have certainly subsided, they have not disappeared completely. Several banks within the industry still have hefty troubled asset relief program debt on their books. Paying down this debt in the next 16 months will be pivotal considering the interest rates on such loans will balloon from 5% to 9% in November of next year. Zions Bancorp is among those with TARP money still owed but the bank's impressive run of four profitable quarters suggests that it will be well-positioned moving forward. Investors and shareholders of Zions Bancorp can simply register for our complimentary reports by clicking on the link below.

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