SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

November 01, 2011 08:16 ET

SunTrust Banks and US Bancorp Poised for Strong Finish to 2011

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on SunTrust Banks & US Bancorp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - It appears Regional Banks have finally put the worst of the recession behind them. For well over a year banks have posted improved credit quality and in the second half of 2011 have begun to report adequate loan growth. Analysts said business borrowers are increasingly relying on banks for financing that they used to get from the bond markets and elsewhere. The Paragon Report examines the outlook for companies in the Regional Banking sector and provides equity research on SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) and US Bancorp (NYSE: USB). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Regional bank stocks struggled as the European crisis deepened over the last two months. The concern is that a debt default by Greece could severely harm European banks that hold Greek debt. Although many Regional Banks do not have a lot of -- if any -- direct exposure to the debts of European countries or banks, analysts warned that a the European debt crisis could push the US economy into recession, which would surely hurt regional banks.

With the Eurozone debt crisis showing signs of calming last week, investors can once again focus on domestic operations at US regional banks.

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US Bancorp said third quarter net income rose 42 percent year on year. Revenue rose 4.5 percent to almost $4.8 billion, from $4.59 billion a year ago. Interest income rose 5.9 percent to $3.2 billion and noninterest income increased 2.9 percent to $2.17 billion. The bank said it expects both net charge-offs and nonperforming assets to improve in the fourth quarter. It released $150 million from its reserves for bad loans.

SunTrust reported net income of $211 million, or 39 cents per share, for the July-to-September period. That was up from $84 million, or 17 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago, when earnings were reduced because the company paid $67 million of preferred dividends to the US Treasury.

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