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Wells Fargo: Financial Winners & Losers

Regional bank stocks received a boost Thursday from better than expected weekly jobless claims.



) -- Bank stocks were in the black for the most part on Thursday, boosted by better than expected economic data.


Financial Select SPDR

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was rising modestly mid-morning, up 0.9% to $13.67.

The big four money center banks were all chugging higher led by

Wells Fargo

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, up 1.7% to $24.01. Large and midsize regional bank stocks seemed to be getting a boost during morning trading.

According to the

U.S. Labor Department

, initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending Aug. 21 fell 31,000 from the prior week. The Labor Department said the four-week moving average of

jobless claims

was 486,750, slightly higher than the same figure a week earlier.

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Still, there were some losers among banks and financial stocks.

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shares hit a 52-week-low of $13.18 early Thursday. The shares were most recently trading down 1.1% to $13.35.

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shares were also down 0.7% to $24.93.

--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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