The U.S. Treasury said on Monday there was no basis for a report that said its stress tests on the health of the nation's 19 top banks showed several were technically insolvent.
A Treasury spokesman said the department has not yet received the results.
The Turner Radio Network, which describes itself as a free speech blog, said 16 of the 19 are technically insolvent, citing what it said was a U.S. government report. Shares of several banks fell sharply on the report.
There is no basis for that report; we do not even have results yet, Treasury Spokesman Andrew Williams said.
The Obama administration has said the results would be released on May 4.
Bank stocks, already lower after Bank of America Corp
After the market open the KBW Bank Index <.BKX> fell 9.3 percent.
The site, http://turnerradionetwork.blogspot.com/, is not related to Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System.
It certainly did (move the market) for a while. It raised people's eyebrows. People had associated it with (Ted) Turner's broadcast network, said Lou Brien, market strategist with DRW Trading in Chicago.
The blog said: Of the 16 banks that are already technically insolvent, not even one can withstand any disruption of cash flow at all or any further deterioration in nonpaying loans.
If any two of the 16 insolvent banks go under, they will totally wipe out all remaining FDIC insurance funding, the post added.
The blog was picked up by some third-party news services and cited by another trader for the drop in bank shares.
The Turner Radio Network is described by some monitoring groups as a white supremacist organization.
(Reporting by Corbett B. Daly and Chris Sanders; Editing by James Dalgleish and Dan Grebler)
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