U.S. bank investors hope Fed stress test results lead to big payouts

June 19, 2017 By Pete Schroeder and David Henry (Reuters) – Investors are hoping the Federal Reserve will allow big U.S. banks to put an estimated $150 billion in idle capital toward stock buybacks, dividends and profit-boosting investments in the coming weeks after conducting a regular examination of financial strength. On Thursday, the Fed is scheduled to begin releasing results from its two-part annual stress test, which was adopted in response to the financial crisis, to gauge banks’ ability to weather an economic storm that could threaten the stability of…

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