SAN FRANCISCO - In the wake of deals unveiled by key competitors, Banc of America Securities sought to display momentum of its own - and perhaps make a talent grab - by promising clients on Monday that it would increase coverage and personnel in all major areas of the investment bank.

The San Francisco unit of Bank of America Corp. announced at its annual equities conference here that it would increase the number of stocks it trades by 40%, to 2,500, expand research coverage by 90 to 100 companies, and hire 26 more employees in equities sales and trading.

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