Bank stocks offer some of the best opportunities for investors in years, with (BAC) and others poised to post double-digit gains in the year ahead, well-known analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC on Tuesday.
"There's an incredible growth opportunity within the financials, particularly Bank of America, (NYSE:C), (DFS)-and there are others," Whitney told "Closing Bell". "I think the underlying support is housing is close to bottom, so that is a great headwind relief for banks...They've come a long way."
The main catalyst comes in March when the Federal Reserve is expected to approve banks' plans to return more capital to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks in March, Whitney said.
Conservatively, that approval could allow BofA to quadruple its dividend, Whitney said.
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Long bearish on the industry, Meredith Whitney turned more positive on the group Monday and upgraded Bank of America along with Citigroup and Discover.
She sees 45 percent upside for Bank of America. "It's hard to find upside like that in any sector," she said.
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