SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

August 24, 2012 08:20 ET

Recent Federal Reserve Survey Shows U.S. Banks Have Relaxed Lending Standards

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Huntington Bancshares and Regions Financial

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2012) - Regional Banking stocks have been some of the strongest performers on the markets despite facing a slowing global economy. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) is up roughly 14 percent in 2012 as investor optimism continues to improve within the sector. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Regional Banking Industry and provides equity research on Huntington Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: HBAN) and Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF).

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Results from a Federal Reserve survey, released earlier this month, have shown that U.S. banks have relaxed their lending standards on credit cards and lending for autos and commercial real estate in the second quarter. Despite facing an economy bearing unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, lending from U.S. banks are at the highest levels since the end of the recession.

While foreign bank branches have tightened their lending standards, "domestic banks reported that their business had increased due to decreased competition from European banks and that they remain willing to accommodate additional such business," the Fed said.

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Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $57 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Huntington Bank was recently named the second top performing bank in the nation by Bank Director Magazine in its recent annual Performance Scorecard issue. Shares of the company have gained over 18 percent this year.

Regions Financial, with $122 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. The company reported net income of $284 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012. Shares of the company have gained an impressive 65 percent year-to-date.

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