SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

August 25, 2011 08:16 ET

Ring-Fencing Fears Drag on Shares of Lloyds Bank and Barclays

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 25, 2011) - Several UK Banking stocks are currently trading near 52-week lows amid global recession fears. In addition, the likelihood of more regulation has led investors to question the future profitability of these firms. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Foreign Banking Sector and provides stock analysis on Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) (LSE: LLOY) and Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) (LSE: BARC). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

According to Kam Patel of Proactive Investors one of the key issues for all banks is the risk of regulatory changes in the way they operate. UK Banks are keeping their eyes on the final report from the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB), which is expected to propose "ring-fencing" investment banking operations from retail banking. Ring-fencing occurs when a portion of a company's assets are financially separated without necessarily being operated as a separate entity.

Britain's banks are warning that ring-fencing their retail activities to protect against investment banking losses could endanger the UK economy because of the cost involved.

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With significant headwinds, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group saw their shares sink to levels not seen since early 2009 earlier this week.

Lloyds Bank, Britain's largest mortgage lender, reported a first-half net loss after Irish bad loan provisions increased, funding costs rose and the lender set aside $5.2 billion to compensate insurance customers.

Yesterday, Barclays published its customer complaint numbers for the first half of 2011 and reported a year-on-year improvement of 14 percent (H2 2010 to H1 2011 showed an improvement of 9 percent).

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