Stock Market 'Flipping Out' on US Banks: Bove

Dick Bove
Dick Bove

The stock market is "simply flipping out" by selling off American banks, but the drop in their European counterparts is justified, Richard Bove told CNBC Thursday.

The selling in U.S. banks is "ridiculous," the Rochdale Securities banking analyst said on a day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down about 4 percent.

"Take a look at Bank of America bonds today, it’s flat. If you look at Goldman Sachs bonds today, they’re actually up a little bit. So the bond market is telling you that there isn’t a risk in the American system. The stock market is simply flipping out," he said.

But the selling in European banks is justified because of the continued uncertainty. He said these banks "have to give these countries that can’t repay their debt three to five years of [a] debt-free period. They don’t pay their principal back and you cut their interest rates at the same point in time. As a result, that gives them a chance to build up some cash flow to improve their economies."

But he also wants European banks to be forced to "write these loans down to what the true value is. We can’t tell if tomorrow morning Greece wakes up and says, 'We’re going to be just like Argentina. We’re not going to pay you back ever.' Then banks will have to write this back down. So these banks have got to write down their assets to real value."

Finally, "You need a strong group of central banks — China, the U.S., Europe — to put together a pool of money that can be accessed by the banks to rebuild their capital."