Goldman Sachs Upgrades SunTrust Banks (STI) to Buy

January 4, 2013 7:05 AM EST
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    Up: 23 | Down: 31 | New: 34
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Goldman Sachs upgraded SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $33.00 (from $29.00).

The firm cited: "1) the continued rebound in Southeast housing driving further expense leverage and efficiency improvements to the low 60%’s by 2014, (2) upside to mortgage expectations given significant HARP volumes, (3) further loan growth opportunities from a pickup in CRE (and potentially HE/mtg post-QM), and (4) the potential for an upside surprise on capital returns given its significantly de-risked B/S and earnings profile (NPL sale, putback clarity)."

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Shares of SunTrust Banks closed at $28.63 yesterday.

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