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7 Reasons Bank Stocks May Keep Falling

Lawsuits on mortgage trustees are just starting. According to Bloomberg, US Bank, Bank of New York Mellon (BK), Deutsche Bank (DB), Wells Fargo (WFC), HSBC (HSBC), Bank of America and Citigroup (C - Get Report) are the major mortgage trustees. Bloomberg speculates that since these institutions didn't underwrite, sell, securitize, service, or ship loans according to regulations, the odds are low that the trust departments got it right. So far, Schnedierman has requested documents from Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon.

In early September the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the receiver for FNMA and FHLMC, sued Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report), Barclays (BCS), HSBC, Credit Suisse (CS), and Nomura Holdings demanding refunds from these institutions for loans sold to FNMA and FHLMC that were based on false or missing information about the borrowers or the properties. The FHFA said that the two mortgage giants purchased $6 billion from Bank of America, $24.8 billion from Merrill Lynchwhich is now owned by Bank of America, and $3.5 billion from Citigroup.

Lawsuits and foreclosure issues are making the TBTF banks sorry they are in the mortgage business. JPMorgan's Dimon announced that they are going to be leaving the mortgage business, and Bank of America that by year's end, they will stop buying mortgages from correspondents.

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.
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