StockCall Study on Itau Unibanco, Lloyds Banking, Barclays, and Royal Bank of Scotland

StockCall Study on Itau Unibanco, Lloyds Banking, Barclays, and Royal Bank of

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LONDON, March 18, 2013

LONDON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The financial crisis of 2009 led regulators around the world to create new
rules for banks in order to avert a crisis in the future. Regulators across
the globe have asked banks to boost their capital ratios. In addition,
European regulators are also looking to impose a cap on bankers' bonuses.
Meanwhile, record low interest rates in the developed world are putting
pressure on banks' net interest margins. Going forward, the key for foreign
banks such as Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NYSE: ITUB), Lloyds Banking Group Plc
(NYSE: LYG), Barclays Plc (NYSE: BCS), and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc
(NYSE: RBS) will be to continue to adapt to the changing regulatory
environment. StockCall free coverage on ITUB, LYG, BCS, and RBS is available
upon registration at

Shares of Brazil-based Itau Unibanco Holding SA ended marginally lower in
Friday's trading session. The stock fell to an intra-day low of $17.74 before
finishing the day 0.06% lower at $17.96. For the week, Itau Unibanco's shares
fell more than 5.60%. Despite the losses last week, the bank's shares are up
more than 9% so far for the year. The stock slipped last week after failing to
break through $19 resistance level. It has slipped below $18 support level,
which is a bearish signal. The stock's MACD has crossed below the signal line,
which further confirms the bearish trend. Download the free technical research
on ITUB by signing up at 

Shares of Lloyds Banking Group Plc fell sharply on Friday, ending the day
0.98% lower at $3.03. Despite the losses, the stock managed to post a gain of
0.66% for the week. Lloyds Banking shares have struggled so far this year.
Year-to-date, the stock has fallen more than 5%, underperforming the broad
market. The stock is currently facing stiff resistance at around $3.10. It is
also trading well below its 50-day moving average. However, the MACD chart
suggests that the market sentiment has turned bullish on the stock. Register
now and get access to the free analysis on LYG at 

Shares of U.K.-based Barclays Plc slipped on Friday, closing 0.36% lower at
$19.23. Despite the decline, the stock has gained more than 3.3% in the last
trading sessions. Barclays Plc shares have had an excellent run so far this
year, gaining more than 11%, compared to a gain of over 9% for the S&P 500.
Barclays Plc shares are currently trading close to $19.50 resistance level.
The stock, last week, crossed above its 50-day moving average, which is a
bullish signal. Sign up and read the complimentary report on BCS at 

Another U.K.-based bank that saw significant activity on Friday was Royal Bank
of Scotland Group Plc. The stock closed 0.65% higher at $9.28 after hitting an
intra-day high of $9.32. Royal Bank of Scotland's shares gained nearly 1% last
week, compared to a gain of 0.61% for the S&P 500. The stock, however, has
underperformed the S&P 500 so far for the year. Year-to-date, the bank's
shares have fallen nearly 14%. The stock's MACD chart suggests that market
sentiment has turned bullish. The free report on RBS can be downloaded by
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