Although the recent euphoria has waned somewhat, the market surged upward this week on hopes that the nation's leading banks were turning a corner.
The sentiment was sparked by an internal memo from Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit released Tuesday.
“We are profitable through the first two months of 2009 and are having our best quarter-to-date performance since the third quarter of 2007,” Pandit told employees.
From 'Fast Money':
Citigroup’s Chairman Richard Parsons seconded this news in an interview with Reuters Thursday, saying that he had confidence in the “future viability and strength of a privately held Citi.”
Bank of America’s CEO Ken Lewis furthered the hope of a come back in the banking sector, saying that BofA had been profitable in the first two months of 2009 and would continue to be so throughout the year.
Here's a round-up of what the financial executives were saying this week: