It’s a similar story at Connecticut based NewAlliance Bank which reported a 39 percent rise in first-quarter earnings, beating Wall Street estimates. Executives at the bank says it’s a result of maintaining rigorous lending standards and creating a clean balance sheet.
If you think this is just an anomaly – an exception to the rule – think again! Businessweek says 50 small banks have refused TARP money, suggesting they’re doing just fine.
Is there a trade here?
I like Northern Trust , says Pete Najarian. They’re a custodial bank not a community bank, but they appear to have steered clear of the toxic mess.
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Trader disclosure: On Feb. 4th, 2008, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Adami Owns (AGU), (BTU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE); Finerman Owns (PAL), (MSFT), (BAC); Finerman's Firm Owns (DNA) & (DNA) Calls; Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (IJR), (IWM), (MDY), (SPY), (USO); Najarian Owns (CAT) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (EEM) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (FCX) & (FCX) Calls; Najarian Owns (ENER) & (ENER) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (GDX) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (MSFT) & (MSFT) Short Calls; Najarian Owns (MS) & (MS) Short Calls; Najarian Owns (MOS) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (DLTR) Calls; Najarian Owns (PALM) Calls; Seymour Owns (BAC), (EEM), (FXI), (MOS), (PBR), (CBRE)