The August rally for bank stocks and the tough day after 

The banking sector, due to concerns about the long-term effects of the crisis on the quality of their portfolios, has come under stronger pressure in Europe and the US. In Europe, the banking index has fallen since the beginning of the year by about 27% against a fall of 12% of the pan-European Euroxx 600 index, while in the US the banking sector has fallen by 20% versus a rise of 5.2% in the S&P 500.