For all the naysayers....your skepticism is well warranted and understandable. But you cannot paint all the banks with the same brush. Within the next couple of weeks there will be a confirmation one way or the other. Let us all wait before jumping to conclusions.
First all TARP recipients will have to payback the government before they can raise dividend. For those waiting to see an increase in dividends, it is going to happen eventually for most banks. They also need to get a good handle on their loan loss reserves and write downs.