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Bank of America stock upgraded by Wolfe Research to Outperform

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 04/19/2024, 05:24 PM
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On Friday, Wolfe Research raised its rating on Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) shares, upgrading the bank from Peerperform to Outperform. The firm also set a new price target for the bank's stock at $42.00.

The upgrade comes as Bank of America, known for its leading retail banking franchise in the United States, has experienced benefits from a consistent approach to responsible growth. Wolfe Research noted that they had previously maintained a cautious stance on the bank's stock due to what they saw as a full valuation and a less competitive net interest income (NII) algorithm compared to its peers.

Recent trends in asset repricing have led to a more resilient first-quarter NII, indicating what Wolfe Research believes to be the early stages of an NII upturn. The firm anticipates that Bank of America will experience unique NII growth, even in the event of declining interest rates.

Moreover, Wolfe Research highlighted that Bank of America is showing clear signs of gaining market share in Trading and Investment Banking, which is expected to contribute to more stable fee growth amid a recovery in capital markets.

This, combined with the bank's discounted valuation and the potential to repurchase approximately 16% of its market capitalization by the end of 2025, has increased Wolfe Research's confidence in the bank's prospects for sustained earnings per share growth in the coming years.

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InvestingPro Tips highlight that Bank of America has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years, demonstrating a commitment to returning value to shareholders. Moreover, the bank is recognized as a prominent player in the Banks sector and has maintained dividend payments for an impressive 54 consecutive years. These factors, coupled with a notable price uptick of 34.68% over the last six months, provide a positive outlook for investors considering the bank's stock.

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