SOURCE: StBulls.com

November 27, 2012 08:00 ET

Technical Analysis on Fifth Third Bancorp and Northern Trust - Midwest Banks Returning Value to Investors, Facing Upcoming Stress Tests

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - StBulls.com has initiated technical analysis on Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) and Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ: NTRS), and these reports are free at 
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Alongside most financial stocks, companies in the Midwest banks industry, within which Fifth Third Bancorp and Northern Trust operate, have generally been making gains this year despite the wider global economic slowdown. Many industry players have been taking the opportunity to return value to investors through share buybacks and dividend payments.

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Fifth Third Bancorp recently announced that it has reached an agreement with Credit Suisse International to buy back around $125 million of its outstanding common stock, with the final settlement due to occur in February 2013 or earlier. Our technical analysis on Fifth Third at
http://www.stbulls.com/FifthThirdBancorp27112012.pdf 

Elsewhere in the industry, Northern Trust lately declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share on its common stock. Northern Trust also seems to be working to satisfy demand for new growth opportunities in the next generation of emerging markets, having recently launched a Diversified Frontier Markets Index Strategy. Our technical analysis on Northern Trust is available at
http://www.stbulls.com/NorthernTrustCorporation27112012.pdf 

The Federal Reserve recently announced stress test guidelines for the fifth round of bank stress tests since 2009, with results due late next year. On this occasion the test will focus on the potential impact of slowdowns and recessions in Europe, China and Japan, as well as drastic declines in employment, house prices and GPD in the U.S. It will be interesting to see how individual banks perform.

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