For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 10, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: JP Morgan Chase (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB), Zions Bancorp (ZION), SunTrust Banks (STI) and PNC Financial (PNC).

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Bank Failure Tally Reaches 120

The FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Ameris Bank, Moultrie, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits of United Security Bank; Liberty Bank and Trust Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, to assume all of the deposits of Home Federal Savings Bank; Alerus Financial, National Association, Grand Forks, North Dakota, to assume all of the deposits of Prosperan Bank; Central Bank of Kansas City to assume all of the deposits of Gateway Bank of St. Louis; and East West Bank, Pasadena, California, to assume all of the deposits of United Commercial Bank.

In order to replenish the declining fund, the FDIC board recently proposed that approximately 8,100 insured U.S. banks and savings institutions should pay fees for three years in advance. Also, the regulators are considering requesting the healthy banks to bail out the government as soon as it is necessary to replenish the deposit insurance fund, which has slipped to 0.22% of insured deposits, below the mandated minimum of 1.15%.

In the second quarter of 2009, the number of banks on the FDIC’s list of problem institutions grew to 416 from 305 in the first quarter. This is the highest since the savings and loan crisis in 1994. Increasing loan losses on commercial real estate are expected to cause hundreds more bank failures in the next few years. The FDIC anticipates the bank failures to cost about $100 billion over the next four years.

The failure of Washington Mutual last year was the largest in U.S. history. It was acquired by JP Morgan Chase (JPM). Other major acquirers of failed institutions since 2008 include U.S. Bancorp (USB), Zions Bancorp (ZION), SunTrust Banks (STI), PNC Financial (PNC), to name a few.

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