Bankers will get one more credit-quality mulligan in the fourth-quarter earnings season kicking off this week — but expectations will rise afterward.

Bank stocks rebounded last year based in part on a belief that bad loans were increasing at a slower rate than in the earlier stages of the recession. Yet edgy shareholders will want to see more evidence in 2010 that problem assets have peaked and are on the decline.

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