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Wall Street Equity Research

October 07, 2010 08:53 ET

Professional Research on US Bancorp and Northern Trust Corporation - Some Midwest Banks Seem Recession Resistant

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2010) - allows shareholders to gain full understanding of the economic and market forces influencing the regional - Midwest banks industry, and offers free research on industry players US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ: NTRS). Register today at to receive free research reports on these companies.

Small Midwest banks are feeling the pressure lately from a low interest environment, tightened federal banking regulations and a recovering economy. Despite lots of bad news for Midwest banks, a few banks are actually performing steadily. is a specialized website where investors can have complete access to free reports on regional - Midwest banks industry; traders looking for analyst opinions on US Bancorp, Northern Trust Corporation and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for a free one year membership at

Even successful banks are being hurt by interest rates though. If interest rates stay at their current levels Midwest banks could see their net interest margins drop from their current position of 3.54 percentage points to 3.44 percentage points by this time next year. Considering most banks in the region were up over 4 percentage points prior the economic collapse, the drop is significant and many banks will struggle to remain solvent if net interest margins reach those levels. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting regional - Midwest banks stocks.

On the optimistic side of things, some Midwest banks have handled the recession better than others. Banks with tighter lending policies and strong assets were actually in a good position to acquire other banks that failed. About a year back US Bancorp bought the nine failed banks held by a privately-held bank holding company. Shareholders and investors can sign up today at to download the full report on US Bancorp.

Banks with a diversified business have also fared better. Some banks like Northern Trust Corporation with loans held for investment comprising less than 40% of their total revenue were able to endure the recession by relying more on fee-based services. Shareholders and investors can sign up today at to download the full report on Northern Trust Corporation.

Moving forward, the margin for error is quite low for Midwest banks but those that were able to acquire assets during the recession or have a well-diversified revenue stream could not only weather the storm but actually flourish in it. 

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