4 Regional Bank Stocks Rooting for More Rate Hikes

Rate-sensitive regional bank stocks could be among the top beneficiaries of the Fed's hiking cycle, especially if the U.S. manages to avoid a yield inversion.

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The Federal Reserve recently announced a much-anticipated hike in interest rates – a 25-basis-point uptick that's expected to be just the first of several this year. The Fed's hawkishness is largely expected to be a boon for the financial sector, including a wide swath of America's regional bank stocks.

The Fed's March rate hike was its first since 2018. But it almost certainly won't be its last. The central bank signaled the possibility of six more hikes in 2022 to fight off inflation, in line with Kiplinger's interest-rate forecast.


Data is as of March 21. TipRanks consensus price targets and ratings are based on analyst opinions issued over the past three months. Stocks listed in reverse order of 12-month price targets.

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Shrilekha Pethe
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Shrilekha Pethe has been extensively covering and writing about the U.S. financial markets since 2015. Prior to writing about the world of finance, Shrilekha worked as an equity research analyst for a bulge-bracket client in investment banking, Credit Suisse. Her sole objective is to help investors make better and informed decisions. Her core competency lies in analyzing stocks across different sectors, from technology to mining, and banking to oil and gas. She holds a postgraduate degree in finance from ICFAI Business School, Pune, and is currently on her way to becoming a Certified Financial Planner. Shrilekha has been writing for TipRanks since January 2021. You can contact Shrilekha on LinkedIn.