Why Bank of America (BAC) Stock Is Higher This Morning

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Bank of America Corp.  (BAC) are up 1.35% to $15.81 in pre-market trading on Wednesday after Deutsche Bank (DB) raised its rating to "buy" from "hold" and boosted its price target to $18.00 from $16.50.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BANK OF AMERICA CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BANK OF AMERICA CORP (BAC) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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