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Puerto Rican legislation positive for banks, says Sterne Agee

Sterne Agee believes that legislation to restructure public entities in Puerto Rico is positive for banks based there. The firm does not expect Popular (BPOP), OFG Bancorp (OFG), or First BanCorp (FBP) to have any losses or significant negative impact as a result of the legislation. It identifies Popular as its favorite name in the sector, followed by OFG and First Bancorp. The firm has Buy ratings on all three names.