Bank shares are out in front of the historic rally in the stock market.

The American Banker index of bank stocks has surged 17% so far this year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index is up 8.5%. The Dow Jones industrial average has improved 8% while crossing the 7,000 mark.

Limited Time Offer

Save $400 off your subscription. Special offer ends April 30, 2017.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.