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Financial stocks were seesawing along with the broad market Monday on a cavalcade of mixed news, and among the laggards was auto-finance firm

AmeriCredit

( ACF).

The Fort Worth, Texas, company said it will privately offer $200 million in senior bonds to certain institutional buyers. Proceeds may go to paying back existing debt, among other general corporate purposes. Shares gave up 1.1% at $27.44 to weigh on the

NYSE

Financial Sector Index which, after a bumpy day, was up fractionally at 9,862.56.

Harris & Harris

(TINY)

was also lower after agreeing to sell 1.3 million of its shares to institutional investors at $10.79 each -- a 9.7% discount to Friday's closing price. Net proceeds should total some $13.1 million. Shares of the New York investment firm were shedding 3.6% to $11.49.

Pennsylvania's

Community Banks

(CMTY)

, meanwhile, fell on a sharp downward restatement. First-quarter earnings will be cut by 31.7% to 28 cents a share following a regulatory interpretation of a new accounting standard -- which, says the bank, has been "a source of significant confusion and controversy within the banking industry." That puts first-quarter income a dime below Thomson Financial's average estimate, whereas its previously stated results had beaten by 3 cents.

Shares of the bank were down 1.4%, or 49 cents, to $33.90.

Susquehanna Bancshares

(SUSQ)

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, which agreed to buy Community for around $34 a share last month, dropped 2% to $23.29.

Also among today's trailing financial stocks were boutique investment bank

Keefe Bruyette

(KBW)

, down 5.4%; asset manager

AllianceBernstein

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, off 1.7%, and commodities exchange

Nymex

( NMX), which retreated 1.5% from early Friday's

big gains

.

But the KBW Bank Index was lately up 0.3% to 116.90, thanks in part to a 2.1% gain at

Washington Mutual

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and to

Capital One

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, which rose 1.4% to $81.84.

Prominent among other financial winners was

Fortress Investment Group

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. The New York asset manager surged 7.7% to $25.28 after raising its annualized dividend by 5.9% to 90 cents a share, meaning a second-quarter per-share distribution of 22.5 cents.

Brokerage

Lehman Brothers

( LEH) got a boost after

Barron's

said Lehman is solidly on the rise, contrary to conventional wisdom, having made "substantial strides in equities and investment banking" even as shares gain at a far slower clip vs. competitors like

Goldman Sachs

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and

Morgan Stanley

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. Shares of Lehman climbed 1.2% to $80.04.

Meanwhile, several names rode higher on analyst upgrades. Health insurer

Amerigroup

( AGP) and

Impac Mortgage

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were upped to buy at Goldman Sachs and Roth Capital, respectively, as the analysts said broader industry risks are adequately priced into the firms' shares. Amerigroup spiked 3.8%, or 91 cents, to $25.17; Impac added 2.4% to $6.43.