Financial Winners & Losers: IndyMac - TheStreet

Regional banks took a bath Monday, led in part by

National City

( NCC).

For months rumors have swirled that National City would be taken over, yet none of the would-be suitors ever walked all the way to the altar. On Monday,

trading halted in the shares

for a time midday and the bank to issued a statement that all was well and there was no run on the bank. The stock sank to a new low of $2.99. Recently, shares were down 71 cents, or 15.4%, to $3.74. They've traded between $4.24 and $33.54 over the last 52 weeks.

Nat City's fall follows the weekend demise of


( IMB). The Pasadena, Calif.-based bank was

seized by federal regulators Friday

, marking the second largest bank failure in U.S. history. The Office for Thrift Supervision, IndyMac's regulator, said IndyMac "is unlikely to be able to meet continued depositors' demands" and thus was "in an unsafe and unsound condition" and turned the bank over to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The bank debt was downgraded by Fitch Ratings on Monday to a default rating while the stock imploded 48% to 14 cents. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has traded between 25 cents and $29.74.

Another bank getting slammed on Monday was

M&T Bank

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which reported its

second-quarter earnings

, revealing a 25% drop in net income. The bank dropped off 18.8% to $56.58 after recording huge increases in non-performing loans and taking in considerably more assets due to foreclosures.

Other banks that were getting hit hard included

Washington Mutual

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, sliding 31.5% to $3.39. A Lehman Brothers analyst suggested that WaMu could see $26 billion in total losses from items on its balance sheet.

Zions Bancorp

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tumbled 21.5% to $20.16 after

Goldman Sachs

downgraded Zion to sell and cut its price target on the bank.

Fannie Mae

( FNM)and

Freddie Mac

( FRE) continued to sell off after the Treasury over the weekend unveiled a

plan to save the mortgage lenders

. Billions of federal dollars will be injected into the government-sponsored entities through investments and loans. Common stockholders increasingly feared that their shares would become worthless and in heavy volume took the stocks down again. Fannie was slowly gaining ground in the afternoon and was up 60 cents to trade at $10.82, while Freddie dropped 20 cents to $7.56.

Lehman Brothers

( LEH) was dragged down another 4% to $13.84 after

The Wall Street Journal

reported the investment bank was considering strategies to stop the bleeding in the stock. Lehman is reportedly mulling several options, including a strategic alliance with a partner, selling assets or a potential stock buyback. Over the weekend, officials from the

Federal Reserve


Securities and Exchange Commission

held talks with Lehman executives to discuss the firm's woes, the report said.

Brokerages in general, crumbled with the banks, with

Merrill Lynch

( MER) giving back 5% to trade at $26.23 and

Raymond James

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falling 5.6% to $24.42.


(ETFC) - Get Report

was another big loser for the day as the stock dwindled to $2.46, losing 11.7% or 32 cents on heavy trading. Rumors varied between a takeover and bankruptcy.


NYSE Financial Sector

index declined 148.06 to 5,740.87.

One of the few bright spots in the financial sector was


(MA) - Get Report

, which edged up $1.16, or 0.5%, to $258.51 after reporting that consumers spending grew as people began putting the economic stimulus checks to work.