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American International Group

(AIG) - Get Report

was among the winners of the financial sector Thursday, a day before the insurer is scheduled to report third-quarter results.

AIG is expected to swing to a profit of $1.20 a share from a year-ago loss of $3.42 a share, when the firm was on the verge of a collapse, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Year-over-year results are expected to benefit by the improvement in credit conditions.

AIG shares were lately rising by $1.70, or 4.7%, to $37.90.

Other insurance-related stocks were losing ground. Bond insurers

Ambac Financial

( ABK) and


(MBI) - Get Report

, which both surged Wednesday following Ambac's third-quarter earnings report, were down 16.7% and 7.5%, respectively.


Hartford Financial

(HIG) - Get Report

was losing 3.8% to $23.51, and


(ALL) - Get Report

dropped 6.4% to $27.73 after swinging to a profit that fell short of the Thomson Reuters average estimate.

Bank of Ireland


was also among the big winners of the day even as the bank's first-half profit dropped 73% from a year ago. Bank of Ireland also said it will transfer loans to the National Asset Management Agency, the government's so-called "bad bank." It warned about uncertainties of the transfer, including the potential the bank would require more government capital.

Despite this, UBS upgraded Bank of Ireland to neutral from sell. Lately, the stock was jumping by $1.23, or 11.9%, to $11.59 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Most U.S. bank stocks were on the rise Thursday.


(C) - Get Report

rose 1.3% to $4.02,

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

was up 1.3% to $42.76, and

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

tacked on 0.5% to $14.77.

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

, meanwhile, slid 0.9% to $26.57.


Fannie Mae

( FNM) traded higher after the government-controlled entity unveiled its "Deed for Lease" program, which essentially allows troubled borrowers to hand over deeds to their home and rent the space back from Fannie, rather than have the home foreclosed upon.

Fannie Mae was recently trading higher by two cents at $1.11.

Freddie Mac

( FRE), on the other hand, slipped 0.7% to $1.21.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in New York


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