Regulators have told Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. that the banks may need to raise more capital based on early results of the government's so-called stress tests of lenders, according to people familiar with the situation.
The capital shortfall amounts to billions of dollars at Bank of America, based in Charlotte, N.C., people familiar with the bank said.
Executives at both banks are objecting to the preliminary findings, which emerged from the government's scrutiny of 19 large financial institutions. The two banks are planning to respond with detailed rebuttals, these people said, with Bank of America's appeal expected by Tuesday.
We are given to understand that BAC will be objecting on the grounds of "shrinkage" (Lewis was in the pool), which gave us an inaccurate representation of things, and Citi's yet to come up with something. Do Vikram Pandit a solid and offer a good excuse now. He'll pick the best one from comments in the morning.
Fed Pushes Citi, BofA to Increase Capital [WSJ]