Green banks: these finance stocks have the most green investments

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By James Dennin for Kapitall.

President Obama announced he was using executive authority to create the largest ocean reserve in the world on Tuesday

The move was the brainchild of Secretary of State John Kerry who has been vocal about an environmental policy that's too focused on land. Obama has previously used his powers to protect lands and curb emissions. 


But about half of man-made carbon is absorbed by the sea. The measure will focus on the areas surrounding one of the marine monuments set up by President George W. Bush, almost doubling its size. 

Greater protection of the oceans is desperately needed to address the carbon they absorb, the Texas-sized islands of garbage now floating in the Pacific, and the rapid depletion of global fisheries. 

The move has already drawn criticism from oil drillers and seafood producers, the most likely groups to be adversely affected by the ruling. However, it could theoretically benefit companies with green investments.

So we used this cool data-viz from  Bloomberg to assemble the top four American investments in green bonds and industries by total size as of the end of last year. Do you think they'll pay off as the US gets more environmentally conscious? 

Use the list below to begin your analysis and let us know what you think in the comments. 

Click on the interactive chart to view data over time. 

Will these green investments pay off? Use the links below to start your own research. 

1. Morgan Stanley ( MS , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Market cap at $57.74B, most recent closing price at $30.31.

Green bonds: $1.06B

2. Bank of America Corporation ( BAC , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Provides banking and financial services to individuals, small- and middle-market businesses, corporations, and governments primarily in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $175.76B, most recent closing price at $16.53.

Green bonds: $892M

3. JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Provides various financial services worldwide. Market cap at $218.31B, most recent closing price at $58.03.

Green bonds: $792M

4. Citigroup, Inc. ( C , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services. Market cap at $148.31B, most recent closing price at $48.98.

Green bonds: $745M

(List compiled by James Dennin. Monthly returns sourced from Zacks Investment Research, and "green bond" data sourced from Bloomberg.)

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