Sector Update: Financial Stocks Following Broader Markets Lower; Fifth Third Down 5% After Q2 Profit Declines 26%


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Top Financial Stocks

JPM -0.89%

BAC -1.85%

WFC -0.48%

C -0.60%

USB -1.27%

Financial stocks were mostly lower, with the NYSE Financial Sector Index falling more than 0.8% and the S&P Financial 100 Index down about 0.8%.

In company news, Fifth Third Bancorp ( FITB ) fell Thursday after the bank holding company saw its Q2 net income slide 26% from year-ago levels after taking a $61 million litigation charge and revenue from its mortgage-loan business declined.

Overall, FITB posted a $439 million profit, or $0.49 per share, down from $591 million during the same quarter last year but beating analyst expectations by $0.04 per share. Revenue slid 15.9% year over year to $1.64 billion, also topping the Capital IQ consensus by around $110 million.

Mortgage originations plunged 73.3% during the quarter compared to last year to $2 billion, although that was up $300 million - or about 17.6% - over the first three months of 2014.

FITB shares were down more than 5% at $20.42 apiece, maintaining a 10-cent bulge over its session low. The stock has a 52-week range of $20.36 to $23.50 a share, adding about 10.4% in value over the past 12 months.

In other sector news,

(+) CBAN, (+11.8%) Reports Q2 net income of $1.34 mln, or $0.16 per share, more than doubling its $611,000 profit during the year-ago quarter. No analyst estimates were available for comparison.

(-) CLNY, (-2.4%) Prices public offering of 15 mln shares of its common stock at $22.40 each, a 2.4% discount to Wednesday's closing price. The deal generates around $336 mln in gross proceeds.

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