The nation’s largest banks all received passing grades during this year’s stress tests, clearing the way for the banks to make huge cash payouts to investors. This was the first time since the tests began seven years ago that all 34 banks that were examined passed the exams. As a result, nearly all are expected to return more cash to shareholders by increasing dividends or buying back stock, which could boost the value of remaining shares.
In total, financial firms are set to return more than $130 billion to investors over the next four quarters, up 38 percent from the previous four quarters, according to a report from Barclays Capital.
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