Citigroup, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Climb. Is It Time To Buy Bank Stocks Now?

Bank stocks C, WFC and JPM are all up after earnings, pointing to strength in the beaten-down sector.

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If better-than-expected quarterly results from three of the nation's biggest financial firms are any indication, there might be bargains lurking among bank stocks.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM, $112.92), Wells Fargo (WFC, $43.89) and Citigroup (C, $43.55) marked the unofficial opening of the third-quarter earnings season on Friday, and they did so on an upbeat note. 

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