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The rise in home values is good news for homeowners looking to tap the equity in their homes to pay down debt or make big purchases, but some consumer groups fear it could lead to a new wave of loan defaults.
Corporate borrowers aren't ready just yet to pull the trigger on multimillion-dollar loans to buy fleets of trucks or scads of new inventory despite excitement about a more business-friendly Washington, lenders cautioned.
With home values and interest rates rising, homeowners finally seem ready to tap into their homes' equity to fund long-delayed home-improvement projects.
BOK Financial was victimized by the effect of rising interest rates in the fourth-quarter profit, as losses on the company's hedge positions resulted in a profit decline.
Increases in commercial real estate, C&I and municipal and state loans boosted fourth-quarter profit at the $13 billion-asset Trustmark.
Net income was also aided by a sharp drop in the provision for credit losses as chargeoffs on energy loans continued to decline.
Expanded lending across a broad range of categories and extremely low unemployment in Hawaii pushed up the Honolulu bank's quarterly profit.
The Connecticut bank said a spike in business lending and residential mortgages gave its fourth-quarter earnings a boost.
Commercial real estate loan growth and the Hudson City acquisition fueled fourth-quarter profit growth at M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y.
Three midsize banks projected increases in loans this year in the latest round of earnings discussions, but their levels of optimism varied, and their commercial lending strategies in some cases conflicted.
The Columbus, Ga., bank reported higher fourth-quarter profit on growth in business loans and mortgage banking.
PNC's fourth-quarter profit improved on higher lending to corporate customers for real estate and other loans.
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