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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When it comes to the regional banks, "the time is now," Jim Cramer told Lindsey Bell at TheStreet.com Thursday.
Cramer said many investors and analysts are focused on a single metric, net interest margin, but that's only one of many matrices that matter. He said that as with any business sales matter, growth matters and more loans matter, all of which the regionals banks have.That's why KeyCorp (KEYB) remains a favorite for Cramer's charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS. Cramer also recommended BB&T (BBT) and First Horizon (FHN) as other strong players. As for Citigroup, Cramer said he was a fan of Vikram Pandit but it appears Citi is pulling back from Pandit's strategy at the very time it should be pushing it forward. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter, with all of his latest articles and videos, please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRutt or get updates on Facebook, ScottRuttDC
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