Here's why the CBA share price had such a good run in December

Christmas keeps on giving for CBA…

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) share price has kicked off 2022 in a positive way so far this Tuesday. At the time of writing, CBA shares are up a pleasing 1.42% at $102.43 each.

This latest surge is redolent of the strong month Commonwealth Bank has just enjoyed. Over December, this ASX banking giant rose from $93.18 a share all the way to the flat $101 it closed at on New Year's Eve. That's a very healthy gain of 8.4% for the month, and cemented a robust 23% gain for CBA shares over 2021, not including dividend returns.

So how did CBA, the ASX's largest bank share, manage such a pleasing December?

Well, it was a month that brought no real major developments from CBA. The bank bumped up its fixed lending rates for housing loans during the month. As we reported at the time, CommBank increased its owner-occupier fixed rate by 0.05% during December to 2.54%.

It beefed up longer-term rates even more, raising its 3-year fixed rate by 0.15% to 3.14%. Its 4-year rate also got a hike, rising by 0.25% to 3.34%.

Now, higher rates obviously mean more cash flow for CBA, but this could be counterbalanced by higher wholesale funding costs across the banking sector. Even so, it seems investors were pleased (or, at the very least, didn't care).

Brokers try to ruin CBA's Christmas

CBA also had to weather some negative broker notes over December. As my Fool colleague James reported late last month, brokers at Macquarie slapped an 'underperform' rating on CBA shares, with a 12-month share price target of $86. Macquarie sees aggressive competition for the home loan market weighing on CBA's margins. But Macquarie wasn't the only broker grinching the CBA's Christmas celebrations.

We also covered fellow broker Morgans' 'reduce' rating on Commonwealth Bank. It sees CBA shares falling to $73 over the next year or so, and estimates that the share price premium CBA enjoys against the other ASX banks won't last.

But investors shrugged off these concerns over December, and shot CBA shares higher. Perhaps this was just a result of overall market sentiment, seeing as the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) basked in a monthly gain of 2.6% over December. Whatever the reason, CBA has certainly delivered some Christmas cheer to its shareholders.

At the current Commonwealth Bank of Australia share price, CBA shares offer a dividend yield of 3.42%.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Macquarie Group Limited. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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