) -- Financial stocks stalled on Friday as investors prepared for the

Federal Reserve's

policy-setting meeting next week and and the upcoming mid-term elections.

The sector's stocks were also faltering on Friday as the

foreclosure crisis



Financial Select Sector SPDR

was mildly in the red, down 0.2% to $14. 55.

The big four U.S. banks seemed to be stuck in first gear on Friday. At last check,

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

shares were falling 0.9% to $11.43;


(C) - Get Report

shares were marginally falling, while

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

shares were marginally rising on Friday.

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

shares were falling 0.7% to $25.76.

Shares of

Marshall & Ilsley

( MI) were rising 2.2% to $5.96.

Valley National Bank

(VLY) - Get Report

, the New Jersey-based regional bank, saw its stock rise 1% to $13.34.


(V) - Get Report

shares were rising 2.5% to $78.33, recouping losses from the prior day despite quarterly earnings growth of 50%, which the

electronic payments network

posted late Wednesday.

Sun Bancorp


shares plunged 21% to $4 after the Vineland, N.J.-based bank said its quarterly loss was significantly worse than the year-earlier period. Sun Bancorp's quarterly net loss available to common shareholders was $75.3 million, or a loss of $3.14 a share, vs. a net loss available to common shareholders of $6.5 million, or 28 cents a share, for the third quarter of 2009.

Sun Bancorp, which has $3.6 billion in assets, had previously said in September that

Wilbur Ross'

private equity firm, WL Ross & Co., the bank's founding Brown family shareholders and other investors had injected $106.7 million through an equity raise for the struggling bank.

But Sun still had several other items that also negatively affected earnings, including a loan loss provision of $42.4 million that was more than double the provision for the comparable year-earlier period. Sun Bancorp also had an income tax provision of $28.8 million, which included a deferred tax valuation allowance of $49.9 million against its entire net deferred tax asset, among other charges.

Other financial stock losers of the day included

Capital One

(COF) - Get Report


First Horizon

(FHN) - Get Report


Zions Bancorp

(ZION) - Get Report


--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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