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The KBW Bank Sector (BKX) Index is a capitalization-weighted index composed of 24 geographically diverse stocks representing national money center banks and leading regional institutions including Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Comerica (NYSE:CMA), JP Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), etc.

The KBW Index closed yesterday (Monday) at almost an 8-month high of 45.53, the highest close since mid-December 2008. From the bottom in early March, the KBW Index is up by a whopping 144.5% (see chart above). Yet another sign that the U.S. financial sector is healing, and another sign of general economic recovery taking place in the U.S. economy and financial markets.