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The major market averages pushed higher following the results of the European stress tests. Currently, the Nasdaq is seeing a gain of 0.7% with the S&P and Dow trailing with respective gains of 0.3% and 0.1%.
European bank stocks are on the move following the results of the second round of European ‘stress tests.’ The tests showed 82 of 90 banks passed with a total of 20 banks seeing their Core Tier 1 Requirements below the 5% threshold for the two-year time horizon. Sixteen of the 90 banks will need to improve their capital buffers as their core Tier 1 Requirements are between 5% and 6%. The count shows five Spanish banks, two Greek banks, and one Austrian bank failing the test. Deutsche Bank (DB $52.57, -0.29) saw a spike immediately following the results, but has since pared those gains. Barclays (BCS $14.68, +0.12) is seeing a similar trading pattern play out in its shares.
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