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Regional bank stocks suffer broad selloff, led by those downgraded at Raymond James

Tomi Kilgore

Shares of regional bank traded broadly lower Monday, led by the stocks downgraded at Raymond James, on concerns over the effect of lower interest rates and reduced loan growth projections. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF slumped 1.0%, with 118 of 124 components losing ground. The biggest decliner was SVB Financial Group's stock , which fell 3.1% after Raymond James' Michael Rose cut his rating by two notches to market perform from strong buy. Among other stocks downgraded by Rose, Commerce Banchshares Inc. fell 2.4% after it was cut to underperform from market perform; East West Bancorp Inc. shed 2.1% after being downgraded to to underperform from market perform; and PacWest Bancorp. lost 1.8% after being downgraded two notches to market perform from strong buy. Rose said with the probability of at least one interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve currently at 100%, and with the yield curve inverting further, he cut his earnings and net interest margin estimates. He said recent Fed data also shows loan growth has decelerated from recent quarters. Meanwhile, Signature Bank's stock eased 0.1% after Rose upgraded it to strong buy from outperform. The regional bank ETF has lost 0.7% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has gained 2.7%.