NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- We highlighted three bank stocks in November that offered strong dividends and stable performance. Despite recent gains among bank stocks, these companies remain good long-term plays.Capital Federal Financial ( CFFN), United Bankshares ( UBSI) and New York Community Bancorp ( NYB) have climbed at least 14% this year, outperforming the 11% advance of the S&P 500 Financial Sector Index. Bank stocks have doubled the performance of the broader market this year as companies such as Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase return to growth. These smaller rivals offer better-than-average credit quality and steady earnings.
While Capital Federal shares might be less attractive to new investors after their recent run-up, they remain a good conservative long-term dividend play.