With the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) down nearly 3% in the past week, and the S&P's bank stocks down 3.5%, Motley Fool financials analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a look at which banks may be bucking the downward trend this week. They highlight one banking merger that's gone against this trend in a big way, discuss why Canadian banks are often viewed as a safer bet in times of turmoil, and tell us why Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) consistently keeps its head above water, even in rough seas. 


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