Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> February 26, 2001

Regional Bank Stocks: Katrina Blecher – Sandler O’neill & Partners Lp

KATRINA BLECHER is a Managing Director at Sandler O'Neill & Partners, LP, covering large, regional banks. She specializes in analysis of banking and finance institutions as well as industry trends from the start of her comprehensive career. Ms. Blecher was previously associated with Gruntal & Co., L.L.C., Brown Brothers Harriman, Oppenheimer & Company, Inc., Fitch Investors Service, Inc., Fahnestock & Company, Inc., Piper Jaffray and IBCA, Inc. She received a BA in Economics from Columbia University and is currently a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Bank and Financial Analysts Association. Profile
TWST: Kate, what drives investor sentiment toward the bank stocks and

what drives the stocks?

Ms. Blecher: Investor sentiment is driven by three main factors, the

primary factor being interest