Financial stocks ended Thursday's session mostly lower, one hour before the government releases the results of its stress tests of banks, as investors took profits following a call for increased regulation a
During a speech at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the financial crisis has revealed weaknesses in both private-sector risk management and in the public sector's oversight of the financial system.
"It is imperative that we apply the lessons of this experience to strengthen our regulatory system, both at the level of its overall architecture and in its daily execution," Bernanke said. "Indeed, although reform of the current system is necessary, much can be done within the current framework."
Bernanke's remarks come one day after Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair told the Senate Banking Committee she would like to see a systemic-risk council to prevent banks from becoming "too big to fail" and from posing a threat to the entire financial system.
Meanwhile, a report in
The Wall Street Journal
Bank of America
, the financing arm of
, will be directed by the government to
by a combined $65 billion.
Any bank needing more capital will have until June 8 to develop a plan and must implement it by Nov. 9, the
Meanwhile, the report said
Bank of New York Mellon
Capital One Financial
won't be told to raise additional capital.
Among those reported to need new capital, only Bank of America finished higher, rising 6.5% to close at $13.51. On the other hand, Regions Financial dropped 10.3% to $5.23, Wells Fargo slid 7.8% to end the day at $24.76, Morgan Stanley lost 4.8% to finish at $27.14, State Street slipped 3.3% to $37.83, and Citigroup shed 1.3% to $3.81.
Among the banks the
reported to not need new capital, Capital One surged 18.4% to close at $26.45. Meanwhile, JPMorgan was down 5.3% to $35.24, American Express finished down 4.3% at $25.97, Goldman Sachs slumped 3.9% to $133.73, Bank of New York Mellon gave back 3.1% to $29.51, and MetLife declined 1.9% to $31.75
Results of the stress tests of all 19 major U.S. banks are expected at 5 p.m. EDT.