National Bank of Canada wants stronger capital buffer

* Targets 10.5 pct core tier 1 ratio next year* Bank has been steadily rebuilding capital* Q4 EPS C$1.24 vs C$1.21 average forecast

(Adds CEO comment on capital)TORONTO, Dec 2 National Bank of Canada
on Friday reported better-than-expected profit for the fourth
quarter of its fiscal year and said it planned to further
strengthen its capital position next year.Canada’s sixth-biggest bank based on assets raised C$300
million ($226 million) through a share offering last year after
its core tier 1 ratio, a key measure of financial strength, fell
to the 9.5 percent minimum required by the country’s financial
regulator.Since then, it has rebuilt its …
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