Updated from 12:23 p.m. ET

Financial firms were mostly falling along with the major averages Wednesday, as reports of increased scrutiny for


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Morgan Stanley's

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fourth-quarter loss contributed to investor unease.

The KBW Bank Index closed down 1.6% at 44.98, and the Amex Securities Broker/Dealer Index gained 0.25% to 77.12.

After dipping $1.33 in early trading,

Morgan Stanley

shares were off their lows, then closed up 37 cents, or 2.3%, at $16.50. The bank holding company announced a loss of $2.37 billion, or $2.34 for the fourth quarter. A year ago, Morgan Stanley lost $3.61 billion, or $3.61 a share.

Meanwhile, Citigroup, a member of the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

, was falling 4.9% to $7.83.

The Wall Street Journal

reported Wednesday that the banking behemoth was facing

additional regulatory scrutiny

in part because of its participation in the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Elsewhere, a report in the

Financial Times

suggested that Citi would be

merging its investment and corporate banking


On the winning side,

Goldman Sachs

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added 3.7% to $78.78, building on the previous day's gains despite announcing its first loss as a public company on Tuesday.

Among regional banks, shares of

Colonial Bancgroup


gained 2.3% to $2.25,

Regions Financial

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rose 0.8% to $8.77 and shares of

Zions Bancorp

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fell 2.44% to $26.39.

JPMorgan Chase analyst Steven Alexopoulous noted that those three banks were most at risk for needing equity in the months ahead.

On the other hand, Alexopoulous noted

People's United Financial

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City National


had the highest equity levels among midcap banks.

Still, shares of People's United fell 1.5% to $17.85 and City National stock gained 2.8% to $44.90.

Following a downgrade by JPMorgan's Alexopoulous to neutral from overweight, shares of

Synovus Financial

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fell 0.63% to $7.95.

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