LaBranche ( LAB) jumped after CEO Michael LaBranche told investors during a conference call that the firm plans to slash expenses and is finding ways to prosper from the New York Stock Exchange's move to electronic trading, despite swinging to a pro forma fourth-quarter loss. Excluding certain gains, the company lost $1.8 million, or 3 cents a share, compared with pro forma earnings of $12 million, or 20 cents a share, a year ago. Shares were adding 65 cents, or 7.2%, to $9.65.

First Marblehead ( FMD) gained on better-than-expected results for the quarter ended Dec. 31. The Boston-based student lender said it earned $81.2 million, or 85 cents a share, on revenue of $197.8 million. Analysts were looking for 79 cents a share on $179.8 million in revenue. Shares were rising $1.50, or 2.8%, to $54.88.

Commerce Bancorp ( CBH) climbed on an upgrade by an Oppenheimer analyst to buy from neutral. The New Jersey-based bank was gaining 31 cents, or 1%, to $32.55.

Cash America International ( CSH) slid 9.1% on disappointing fourth-quarter results. The Texas-based lender earned $21.7 million, or 71 cents a share, up from last year's $16.7 million, or 55 cents a share, but was 2 cents short of analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Financial. Shares were down $4.01 to $40.13.

Greene County Bancshares ( GCBS) was lower after it agreed to buy fellow Tennessee-based bank Civitas BankGroup, ( CVBG) for $164.3 million in cash and stock, or $10 a share. Civitas soared 19.9% to $9.59 on the deal. Green County stock was falling 77 cents, or 2.1%, to $35.90.

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