NEW YORK — Shares of regional banks climbed Tuesday as investors continued to be confident in the sector amid improving credit quality and ahead of earnings, helping the stocks outperform the broader market.

While the broader market generally declined on concerns over Greece — the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently slid 15 points to 10959 and the Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped a fraction to 1187 — financials stood out as a bright spot.

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