East West Bancorp, Inc.
With housing markets improving dramatically in certain states and investment markets hitting all-time highs, it's time to explore the ramifications to the regional banks. Three regional banks in the U.S., each under $3.5 billion in size, have stories to tell about the housing and economic recoveries in their respective geographies. They include: East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC), Signature Bank (NASDAQ: SBNY) and TFS Financial (NASDAQ: TFSL).
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The large, money center banks are usually the first banks to report earnings in any quarterly cycle. These banks are rife with issues from European exposure to mortgage litigation to a host of others. Regional banks are more focused upon traditional banking issues, and I had expected them to perform well this quarter, but that has not always been the case.
One of the reasons for many banks' success early more »