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Financial stocks fell sharply Monday in New York as the sector gave up some of the ground it won late last week.

The Amex Securities Broker/Dealer index was dropping 9.9%, and the NYSE Financial Sector index was off 6.5%. The KBW Bank index was lower by 9.5%.

Among individual stocks,

Bank of America


was down 7.8%, and

Wells Fargo


was sliding almost 13%.

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Goldman Sachs


, which along with

Morgan Stanley


said this weekend that it would adopt a bank holding company structure, was losing 6%.

Morgan Stanley

was in positive territory, adding 2.5%.

Sandler O'Neill downgraded 22 banking companies, including Wells Fargo,







JPMorgan Chase


, primarily because of "the group's extraordinary rebound, coupled with our sense that fundamentals remain extremely challenged and valuations have now gotten ahead of themselves," the firm said in an industry report.

Within the report, Sandler O'Neill detailed the effects of a potential

government bailout

, limiting


and the likely need for more capital raises by banks.

National City


was giving back 5.5% despite an upgrade at Goldman to buy from neutral. The firm raised its price target on National City to $7 from $5.

One of the few winners for the day was



, which benefited from reports that some big investors are trying to find an alternative to the current proposal by the

Federal Reserve

that would result in the government owning about 80% of the insurer. Shares of


were jumping 28%.



was also in the news, as

The Wall Street Journal

said that Sallie Krawcheck, who runs the bank's wealth-management division, is probably going to leave the company. The report cited people who had knowledge of the situation. Citi slipped 2.7%.

This article was written by a staff member of