For whatever reason, the Treasury Department has denied taxpayer money to âat least one bankâ that applied to its capital injection program, the Washington Post reports, citing âindustry sources.â
The reason this bank was denied isnât clear because, as we reported earlier this week, the government hasnât said how it will select which banks will get billions in taxpayer money. All Treasury officials have said publicly is that the program is for âhealthyâ banks. The Treasury will reportedly soon announce a new batch of takers: a group of âlarge regional banks.â As the Post puts it, the move is âmeant to show that regional banks are now volunteering to participate and to help jump-start the economy.â
PNC Financial Services is among that group, and has announced that it will get $7.7 billion as part of the program. (For those keeping track at home, thatâs $132.7 billion promised so far – eight of the countryâs largest banks got a total of $125 billion last week). At the same time, PNC announced that it was gobbling up National City, a smaller struggling regional bank. The merger will make PNC the nationâs fifth largest bank. Treasury officials announced earlier this week that they hoped the capital infusions would aid takeovers of weak banks.
Meanwhile, the Treasury is reportedly considering another use for the capital injection program: taking equity stakes in insurance companies. Itâs âa sign,â the Wall Street Journal reports, âof how the government's $700 billion program has become a potential piggybank for a range of troubled industries.â