Huntington Bancshares upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette Keefe Brunette upgraded Huntington Bancshares to Outperform citing strong loan growth and an inexpensive relative valuation following the company's Q2 results. The firm raised its price target for shares to $11.50 from $10.
Huntington Bancshares says net interest income expected to grow modestly Anticipates an increase in earning assets as total loans grow moderately and investment securities grow modestly. Says NIM will experience continued downward pressure. Excluding the impact of net MSR activity, noninterest income is expected to remain near the current quarter’s level. Says continued refinement of consumer checking products under its Fair Play philosophy is expected to have a negative quarterly impact on noninterest income of $6M beginning in July. Committed to delivering positive operating leverage for FY14. Noninterest expense, excluding one-time items, is expected to remain near the current quarter’s reported level. Says will continue to look for ways to reduce expenses. Sees continued performance of NCOs in or below long-term expected range of 35-55bps. Sees "moderate" quarterly volatility in credit quality. Sees improvement in NPAs. Says residential mortgages, home equity, and CRE are expected to grow modestly. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.