Shares of Dallas-based Comerica were up by 2.12% to close at $47.63 on volumes of 1.95 million shares as the bank filed its annual 10-K and received an upgrade from Citigroup on expected higher loan growth throughout the U.S. Comerica has averaged 1.38 million shares changing hands each day over the past three months.
"Regional bank stocks have rallied over the past several quarters as they anticipated the benefit to earnings from higher interest rates. While that rally took place despite lackluster loan growth, accelerating loan growth will likely be the next catalyst to the push the stocks higher. Although it is by no means overwhelming, we see enough circumstantial evidence that loan growth may be on the verge of accelerating such that we think investors should increase their exposure to the regional bank space. As a result, we're upgrading CMA to Buy," wrote Citigroup analyst Josh Levin in lifting his Comerica recommendation to buy from neutral.