The economy continues to roar, but it isn’t helping banks in terms of their loan growth. Loans overall and C&I lines continue to experience much weaker growth than a few years ago. Not only that, but promising upticks in loans earlier in the year have now decelerated. Unless a turnaround occurs in the second half of the year, this seems likely to affect small and midsize banks and credit union earnings going forward, and ultimately, their stock prices. More..