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ECB Tries for Third Time Lucky in European Stress Tests

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For the European Central Bank, success as the euro area’s financial supervisor may begin this weekend with a few failures.

At noon in Frankfurt on Oct. 26, investors will learn which of the currency bloc’s 130 biggest banks fell short in the ECB’s year-long examination of their asset strength and ability to withstand economic turbulence. After two previous stress tests run by the European Banking Authority didn’t reveal problems at lenders that later failed, the ECB has staked its reputation on getting this exercise right.