2008-2009 was a dark period for the banking industry. The “Financial Crisis” nearly brought the whole system to its knees. Stocks in household name banks became penny stocks (Citibank!), Warren Buffet had to rescue Goldman Sachs, and a few had to put themselves up for sale (Merrill Lynch), or even became extinct (Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers).
For some long-term investors (and former employees in this sector), this is still a fresh wound.
But charts in this sector are starting to tell a different story.