Financial stocks were mixed Thursday on another day of high volatility for the overall market.

The KBW Bank index advanced 1.9%, while the NYSE Financial Sector index dropped 7.9%. The Amex Securities Broker/Dealer index was up 3.7%. A final-hour rally in the

stock market

lifted the sector indices off lower levels.

Among individual stocks,

Merrill Lynch


, which is being acquired by

Bank of America

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, added 0.6% to $18.35 after it reported a third-quarter loss from continuing operations of $5.1 billion, or $5.56 a share. BofA was up 1.9%.


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had a third-quarter loss of $2.8 billion, or 60 cents a share, but that was narrower than the loss of 70 cents analysts had been anticipating. Still, the stock lost 2%.

Regional banks

Huntington Bancshares

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PNC Financial

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also released their quarterly numbers.

BB&T and PNC both reported earnings that fell from a year ago and from the most recent quarter, but Huntington's profits rose sequentially. Huntington gained 10.2%, and BB&T was up 3.4%. PNC was slightly weaker.

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