As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Synovus Financial
Stats on Synovus Financial
|Year-to-Date Stock Return||(46.8%)|
|Market Cap||$1.08 billion|
|Total Assets||$28.3 billion|
|Revenue, Trailing 12 Months||$668 million|
|Net Interest Income, TTM||$939 million|
|Net Loss, TTM||($254 million)|
|1-Year Growth in Net Interest Income||(6.1%)|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||****|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ, Motley Fool CAPS.
What happened to Synovus this year?
Better than nearly any other stock, Synovus shows how much worse some regional banks are doing compared to their too-big-to-fail peers. Although Wells Fargo
By contrast, 2011 was particularly harsh on regional banks, many of which sit near or below their late-2008 levels. Along with Regions Financial
One reason is that Synovus has taken massive losses on its real-estate holdings. But those losses have started falling this year compared to 2009 and 2010, suggesting that the end of the long downturn may finally be in sight for the company. Yet with nonperforming loans still representing a fairly high 4.6% of total loans -- higher than both the regional peers above as well as big troubled banks like Citigroup
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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo, as well as having created a covered strangle position on Wells Fargo. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool has a disclosure policy.