SOURCE: Wall Street Equity Research

Wall Street Equity Research

September 30, 2010 08:44 ET

Professional Research on Susquehanna Bancshares and Valley National Bancorp - Northeast Regional Banks at a Glance

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2010) - allows shareholders to gain full understanding of the economic and market forces influencing the regional - northeast banks industry, and offers free research on industry players Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: SUSQ) and Valley National Bancorp (NYSE: VLY). Register today at to receive free research reports on these companies.

Several factors began to grip the Regional-Northeast Banks sector when the Basel III committee posted its new capital holding requirements. The requirements increased the amount of capital banks needed to keep on hand from 4% to 7%. While lower than anticipated, this new requirement will restrict the earning ability of banks within the sector. One good result of the new requirement is that banks which had been hoarding cash beforehand will now be able to pursue acquisitions with their excess cash. is a specialized website where investors can have complete access to free reports on regional - northeast banks industry; traders looking for analyst opinions on Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., Valley National Bancorp and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for a free one year membership at

Consolidation in the industry seems likely right now as more leveraged banks become potential targets for banks with healthier balance sheets. According to a few analysts there are a number of regional banks like Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. are potential takeover targets. Some acquisition action has already been seen within the Northeast Bank sector as banks from Spain and Canada begin to test the waters. Shareholders and investors can sign up today at to download the full report on Susquehanna Bancshares Inc.

Another issue facing banks within the sector is added competition from credit unions. Since credit unions don't pay federal income taxes, they are able to offer better rates on deposits and loans. Many bank customers are beginning to shift over to credit unions where costs are lower and service is friendlier. It is estimated that the credit union industry has grown by 35% since 2007. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting regional - northeast banks stocks.

With the next round of earnings already rolling, regional bank Valley National Bancorp which has been a stable performer amongst its peers will be releasing its earnings on October 21st. The company which has already paid its TARP funds back had posted profits of $33 million in the Q2 2010. Shareholders and investors can sign up today at to download the full report on Valley National Bancorp.

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