For the first time since the annual test began in 2011, all 34 banking firms taking part in the Federal Reserve's stress test received passing grades on Wednesday.
The Fed approved the capital return plans for all of the banks.
Shares of big banks were climbing early Thursday morning with Bank of America (BAC) - Get Report gaining by 2.97% to $24.60, Morgan Stanley (MS) - Get Report was higher by 2.28% to $45.33, Citigroup (C) - Get Report popped by 3.47% to $67.46, and Wells Fargo (WFC) - Get Report was up by 3.63% to $56.30.
As a result the big banks are planning to increase dividend payouts and share buybacks to their greatest levels in years. Citi doubled its quarterly dividend to 32 cents per common share, JPMorgan Chase JPM is hiking its dividend by 6 cents, and Bank of America said it is planning to increase its quarterly common stock dividend to 12 cents per share.
What's Hot On TheStreet
Happy birthday iPhone: Apple's (AAPL) - Get Report iPhone turns 10 years old today! What an amazing product Steve Jobs and his team created. But, as TheStreet's Natalie Walters points out, the next five years for Apple could be radically different. Sales could well be boosted by new, non-iPhone products such as smart glasses and autonomous car technologies. Walters also mentions that iPhone demand may peak in 2019.
Blue Apron falters: Blue Apron (APRN) - Get Report plans an initial public offering on Thursday seeking a valuation of about $2 billion. That's down significantly from a $3.2 billion valuation it had previously hoped to achieve. In the public sphere, the New York-based meal kit delivery service's IPO comes at an unsettling time, points out TheStreet's Ron Orol, as the markets begin to digest Amazon Inc.'s AMZN mega $13.4 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) . Moreover, investors have questioned Blue Apron's business model -- it hasn't turned a profit since 2012 due to rising marketing and distribution costs.
Regulators outsmarted: With questions swirling whether its combination would get approved by regulators, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) - Get Report and Rite-Aid (RAD) - Get Reportstruck a clever deal on Thursday. Walgreens will pay $5.175 billion to Rite-Aid in cash and receive 2,186 stores in return. Walgreens will also pay Rite-Aid a $325 million termination fee for its planned buyout of the company.
Walgreens will be an even bigger drug-selling beast, with more than 15,000 stores spanning 11 countries. As for Rite-Aid, it will be left with about 2,300 stores once the deal closes in six months.
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