Bank stocks powered a broad market rally as the prospect of lower interest rates overshadowed the possibility of deepening problems overseas.

For Tuesday, at least, financial stocks were the place to be, with Citicorp adding $6.1875, to $98.6875; Wachovia Corp. $4.3125, to $80.50; and Wells Fargo & Co. $22.3125, to $317.1875.

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