NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Bank stocks were relatively resilient on Thursday, despite worries about the exposure of U.S. banks to Greece and other distressed sovereign debt.
Economic data was mixed on Thursday with better-than-expected jobless claims and housing starts data offset by a weaker- than- expected manufacturing report. Performance was mixed among the large-cap banks with shares of Bank of America and Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) climbing by about 0.9% each.
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Capital One Financial (COF - Get Report) saw its stock rise 2.4% to $49 on reports that it had won a bid for ING Groep's (ING) U.S. online banking unit, ING Direct for $9 billion. The bank will pay for the deal with $6.2 billion in cash and $2.8 billion stock, according to the report.M&T Bank (MTB) and PNC Financial (PNC) were other prominent gainers among large-cap banks, up about 1% each. Among the regionals, First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI) and Susquehanna Bancshares (SUSQ) and First Commonwealth Financial (FCF) made smart gains of between 3% to 4%. A prominent loser was F.N.B. (FNB - Get Report) which shed 4.5% to $ 9.85after it said it will acquire Pennsylvania bank Parkvale Financial in an all- stock transaction valued at approximately $22.48 per share, or $130 million. --Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York
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