Wells Fargo: Financial Winners and Losers

Wells Fargo was one of the laggards of the financial sector Wednesday, a day after the bank said it plans to repay bailout funds without the need to issue new shares.
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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

was among the losers of the financial sector Wednesday, a day after the bank said it plans to repay bailout funds without the need to issue new shares.

Wells Fargo

CEO John Stumpf told

Bloomberg

in an interview late Tuesday that the bank will pay back bailout funds "shortly" but will not raise new equity to complete the task. He did not offer a timeline.

Stumpf's comments came shortly after reports emerged that

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

is moving forward with plans to repay part of its Troubled Asset Relief Program dollars, which has put pressure on Wells Fargo to offer more information about its own TARP exit strategy.

Wells Fargo shares, which slumped 4.8% Tuesday, lost 12 cents, or 0.5%, to close at $26.09. By comparison, BofA shares slid 1.1% to $16.27, and

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

fell 1.9% to $40.86. Meanwhile,

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

tacked on 0.4% to finish at $4.56.

Turning to regional bank stocks,

Regions Financial

(RF) - Get Report

sank after a Sandler O'Neill & Partners analyst questioned the abrupt reassignment of the bank's chief credit officer, Michael Willoughby. Regions shares ended down 35 cents, or 6.3%, at $5.19.

Elsewhere,

American International Group

(AIG) - Get Report

shares finished higher after a report the insurer was working to halve the fees paid to investment banks for initial public offerings.

A

Bloomberg

report quoted AIG's CEO Robert Benmosche as saying he's looking to pay fees of "about 1%, not 2% to 2.5%." AIG has been working on an IPO of American International Assurance, a Hong Kong-based life insurer, and may issue a public offering of American Life Insurance. Benmosche also wants to rein in the fees charged by attorneys and consultant, the report said.

AIG is selling businesses and planning the IPOs in order to repay $85 million in U.S. bailout loans, and the insurer has been getting advice from banks including

Morgan Stanley

,

Goldman Sachs

, JPMorgan Chase, and

Blackstone Group

.

AIG rose $1.95, or 5.4%, to finish at $37.95. Among other insurers,

Hartford Financial

(HIG) - Get Report

gave back 0.6% and

MetLife

(MET) - Get Report

was up 0.4%.

Fannie Mae

and

Freddie Mac

declined Wednesday after the

Mortgage Bankers Association

proposed the breakup of the government-sponsored entities, or GSEs, and the creation of a new line of mortgage-backed securities.

The MBA recommended using Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's infrastructure as the foundation for one or more regulated mortgage credit-guarantor entities, or MCGEs. The new plan would have these smaller privately held companies issue mortgage securities carrying an explicit government guarantee.

Fannie Mae shares dropped 13.8% to close at $1.37. Freddie Mac sank 13.7% to $1.64.

In other regulation news, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair told

CNBC

late Tuesday that commercial loans are likely to be the biggest drivers of future bank failures. During the interview, Bair said commercial loans are "going to be a bigger driver of bank failures towards the end of this year into next year."

Bair added that residential mortgages were still where the credit distress was right now. Already,

84 banks have failed in 2009

.

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Written by Robert Holmes in New York.