SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

February 28, 2012 08:20 ET

Resurgence in Commercial Real Estate Benefits Regional Banking Sector

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on KeyCorp & Fifth Third Bancorp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2012) - Regional banks continue to be one of the stronger performers in the Financial sector. Over the last three months, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) is up an incredible 25 percent -- outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average by more than 35 percent. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Regional Banking Sector and provides equity research on KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) and Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

A recent report from Standard and Poor's finds that U.S. regional banks reported "satisfactory performance results" for fourth-quarter 2011 and were profitable for the third consecutive quarter. Although the banks generally had difficulty generating significant new loan volume, some were able to increase their commercial and industrial lending, the S&P report finds. S&P says some regional banks also benefitted from resurgence in commercial real estate (CRE), especially multifamily housing, in their respective markets.

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Credit Suisse recently released a report stating that U.S. regionals should expect "year-end window dressing and declines in mortgage-banking-related credits to be the primary drivers of lower growth" in the current quarter. Credit Suisse expects second-quarter 2012 growth to reaccelerate, however.

KeyCorp operates as a holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various banking services in the United States.

Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services holding company in the United States. The company's Commercial Banking segment offers banking, cash management, and financial services to large and middle-market businesses, and government and professional customers.

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