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8 Solid Bank Stocks for 2014

Despite the gains of the latter half of 2013, many bank stocks are trading at amazing discounts relative to their intrinsic values and long-term potentials. This is especially true after the market's pullback over the past couple of weeks. However, some of these companies are better bargains than others, and some are a bit more expensive, but are just excellent companies. Let's see which of the big North American banks are the best investments going into 2014, and why they could produce serious value for shareholders over the next few years.

We'll look at a few statistics to determine which banks are a good value, such as the bank's share price relative to its tangible book value, the projected earnings growth, and the average target price among the analysts that cover each one. It's hard to choose a clear winner, as some banks stand out in certain categories. For instance, Citigroup (NYSE: C  ) is the cheapest relative to its intrinsic value, while Bank of America (NYSE: BAC  ) is expected to grow its earnings at a fantastic pace over the next few years. Wells Fargo ( (NYSE: WFC  ) offers a level of strength and stability that the others simply can't match.

Which would make the best investment for your portfolio? You decide!

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Matthew Frankel

Matt brought his love of teaching and investing to the Fool in order to help people invest better, after several years as a math teacher. Matt specializes in writing about the best opportunities in bank stocks, real estate, and personal finance, but loves any investment at the right price. Follow me on Twitter to keep up with all of the best financial coverage!

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