Updated from 12:26 a.m. EDT
The U.S. is expected to direct about 10 of the 19 banks undergoing government stress tests to boost their capital, according to published reports.
The exact number of banks affected remains under discussion. It could include
Bank of America
and several regional banks, the
Wall Street Journal
reports, citing several people familiar with the matter. The newspaper reports officials at one point believed as many as 14 banks would need to raise more funds to create a stronger buffer against future losses, but that number has fallen in recent days.
Representatives from the banks declined to comment for the
Despite the reports, bank stocks were flat Tuesday morning. The NYSE Financial Sector Index was down 12 points. BofA shares were up 2.7% to $10.66 and Citi stock was rising 4.7% to $3.35. Wells Fargo shares were off 3.8% to $23.32.
An initial stress test identified Wells Fargo as among the banks needing a bigger buffer, the
reports, citing a person close to the company. It is unclear whether Wells would be forced to raise fresh capital or if regulators would accept the bank's argument that it can earn its way through the losses in future years, according to the newspaper.
The banks are expected to be briefed on the official results of the stress tests on Tuesday. The
and Treasury Department also will tell them how policymakers plan to publicly unveil the market-sensitive results,
reports, citing a source. The Fed and Treasury declined to comment for
on how many banks will be directed to raise more capital.
Reports on Monday had Bank of America and Citigroup each working to raise $10 billion in fresh capital to plug in balance-sheet gaps determined by regulators. Bank of America denied the reports.
Last week, the government pushed back its expected release date of the stress test results to Thursday from Monday, as regulators negotiate with the banks over the findings.