NEW YORK (
was the loser among the largest U.S. banks on Tuesday, with shares sliding 5% to close at $3.59.
The Birmingham, Ala., lender has been trying to sell its
brokerage subsidiary, reportedly seeking $1 billion for the unit.
reported late Monday that with the sale dragging since Regions announced in June that it would "explore potential strategic alternatives" for the unit, 10 Morgan Keegan advisors have left the firm, taking at least $694 million in assets under management with them.
Selling Morgan Keegan is a key piece in an effort by Regions to repay $3.5 billion in government bailout funds received through the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, in 2008.
The broad indexes were mixed following bankruptcy filings by
and its parent company
. The world's largest air carrier has been unable to come to terms on a union contract with its pilots for five years.
The news out of Europe was also mixed. Italy completed ¿7.5 billion in debt auctions, paying 7.89% on ¿3.5 billion in three-year notes, which was the highest rate paid since September 1996, and compared to a rate of 4.93% on similar debt auctioned just last month, according to
Moody's Investor Service said
for 87 European banks, as the various solutions being discussed to resolve the eurozone debt crisis "have the common objective of reducing very significantly the support provided to creditors and leave subordinated debt holders particularly exposed to exclusion from any support received."
KBW Bank Index
declined 1% to close at 35.63.
were down 4% to close at $13.31, following a
Wall Street Journal
report that the company, along with Bank of America and five other companies were negotiating with
to end a dispute over the bond insurer's 2009 restructuring.
Bank of America
closed at $5.08, recovering from its intraday low of $5.04, which was the stock's lowest level since the dog days of March 2009.
Large banks seeing 2% declines included
First Niagara Financial Group
, which closed at $8.44;
, at $28.56; and
, closing at $88.81.
Tuesday's sector winner was
, with shares rising 2% to close at $6.96.
Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.
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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.