BB&T Corp.'s credit-quality issues are no longer flying under the radar.

Before last week's announcement that it plans to buy Colonial Bank, analysts had been waiting for a shoe to drop concerning the quality of BB&T's loan book. They might have found it. BB&T's aggressive markdown of Colonial credits, very much akin geographically to the Winston-Salem, N.C., company's own, is raising analysts' eyebrows.

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