Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: 5 highflying bank stocks that are still a buy

One of the biggest stories for the financial sector in 2017 was a rally built on the one-two punch of less-stringent regulation and a broad-based economic boom that would power these cyclical stocks.

And while not all of the much-anticipated reforms materialized, with Dodd-Frank still firmly on the books despite promises of a repeal, other efforts such as the defanging of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the landmark tax-cut legislation indeed delivered.

The result has been a broad rally for the industry; the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF, -1.30% is up 27% in the last 12 months vs.

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