With increased regulation for financials due to the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III rules on the horizon, one analyst listed bank stocks he expects to rise in 2013 and told CNBC that he sees the early stages of a recovery in banks' capital markets businesses.
"One reason that you've seen the run-up is a lot of the uncertainty seems to be working away," said Brad Hintz, an equity research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, about the rise in bank stocks this year. "The banks are making the changes to live in this post-Basel III, Dodd-Frank environment."
To prepare for these regulations, Wall Street banks have changed both inventory and compensation levels — moves that Hintz told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" are necessary.
"If you remember, a year ago the market was convinced that the capital markets banks would never be able to beat their cost of capital again," he said.
To cut down on compensation expenses, several banks have announced layoffs this year. Some of these downsizing moves have been massive.