Wary of Asia's economic crisis, the nation's largest investors in bank stocks had far less appetite for the sector during the first quarter, new figures show.

The top 25 institutional investors in banks added only $5.4 billion, or 2.64%, to their holdings in the top 50 banks from January through March, according to CDA/Spectrum Research Services, Rockville, Md. (See tables on page 28-29.)

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