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Buy Banks, Despite Fed's 'Crippling' Low Rates: Bove

Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 9:09 AM ET
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Dick Bove, Rafferty Capital analyst, explains why he thinks banks are poised to take off, and reveals which stocks investors should be buying.

Investors should be buying bank stocks, despite the Federal Reserve's "ridiculously" low interest rate policy, noted bank analyst Richard Bove said on CNBC Monday.

Bove — now with Rafferty Capital — said in a " Squawk Box" interview, "You should be buying Goldman Sachs ... Bank of America ... Comerica. You should be going up and down the scale and buying these stocks."

He added, "You're going to get is what you've gotten the last four years, which is continuous up earnings, increases in dividends, [and] higher stock buyback programs."

His bullish stance on bank stocks also comes in the face of tighter regulations on the industry. "You've had virtually every negative development that you could throw at this industry occurring. But in that four year period ... you went to all-time record earnings."

(Read More: 4 Banks to Buy Now)

Another factor working against the banks is near-zero interest rates. Describing himself as a supporter of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Bove actually blasted the central bank's policy. "They've cut interest rates to a level which is crippling bank earnings to some degree and which is crippling the economy."

(Read More: No Risk of Higher Interest Rates This Year: Pro)

He said that low interest rates are hurting people who depend on "passive sources" of income. "They've taken away a staggering amount of money from the elderly population of the United States and put a whole bunch of them on food stamps," he said.

Last week, the former Rochdale Securities analyst Bove released a wide-ranging analysis on why investors should buy banks. It was his first research note since joining Rafferty.

(Read More: Banking to See 14-Year Run Higher: Dick Bove)

In his report and again in Monday's CNBC interview, he said, "If you had purchased bank stocks ... before the financial collapse, and you bought them at the same amount of money, every week for the last four, four-and-a-half years. You actually made money in virtually every major bank in the United States."

By CNBC's Matthew J. Belvedere; Follow him on Twitter @Matt_SquawkCNBC

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