01/14/2011 09:25 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Banks Are Poised To Pay Dividends After 3-Year Gap

Investors in bank stocks are about to get a big cut of the profits again.

Financial analysts say the nation's largest banks are ready to begin restoring their dividends in the first half of the year, after a three-year pause to repair their damaged balance sheets. The reversal could put billions of dollars in the pockets of pension funds and retirees who had viewed bank shares as dependable sources of income.

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