Faring much better than Bank of America this year is Zions Bank (ZION). The Utah-based regional bank does not have nearly the bad loan exposure of BofA, and as a result its shares have held up relatively well in 2011. Year-to-date, Zion is down less than 5%.
Helping support share price is Zion's operating performance. In the latest quarter ended March 31, the company beat profit estimates by a solid 26 cents per share. Analysts had been forecasting a loss in the period, but the company managed to make 8 cents per share.For the full year, the average Wall Street estimate calls for Zion to make a profit of 45 cents per share. Reflecting the profit-making environment supported by the Federal Reserve, those profits jump nearly 300% to $1.78 per share next year. With shares trading for only 13 times 2012 estimates, Zion's is a stock to own. Zions shows up on a recent list of 5 Bank Stocks Analysts Are Upgrading.
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