Everyone interested in the outcomes of the ECB’s Comprehensive Bank Assessment is probably keenly awaiting the results. Sources (whoever they are) have told Reuters that these will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 26. The date is officially not confirmed but anyways, according to the ECB, it will be in the second half of October. Reportedly, banks will be given their results about 48 hours before publication, to enable them to review the figures and prepare any response.
Some are making predictions of how many banks and which ones will fail. “Candidates” include but are not limited to: Germany’s Commerzbank, Austrian cooperative bank Volksbanken, politically-connected banks such as Germany's HSH Nordbank. Some want to see blood:
"Significant capital shortfalls and/or a significant number of banks not passing the test will be the criteria against which the assessment's credibility will be measured," Alain Laurin, associate managing director of Moody's Investors Service has been reported to have said back in July.
ECB’s officials are already pulling down expectations concerning the severity of the conclusions, while arguing that by the time results are published, banks will have done a lot already: