But this year's stress test scenario incorporates some new twists, and the group of banks being tested has grown to 30 from 18, so investors will certainly be eager to see the results.
The second part of the stress test process will be more important for investors. The Fed on March 26 will announce the results of its annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), which incorporates the banks' plans to deploy excess capital through dividends, share buybacks and/or acquisitions into the same "severely adverse" scenario. Most of the big banks next Thursday will be expected to follow the Fed's announcement with their own announcements.
Please see the following articles for more on what to expect following the stress tests: