It was a banner year for bank stocks in 1996, with shares at large and small ones outperforming a strong bull market.

The American Banker bank index, which covers shares at 225 banks, rose 36% in 1996, compared to 21% for the S&P 500. Large banks and credit card specialty companies led the way, rising 36% and 55%Natwest Securities, respectively.

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