Shares of Compass Bancshares fell 3.88% on Friday after several analysts downgraded the Birmingham, Ala., company, which predicted that earnings per share will be less this year than previously predicted.

D. Paul Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of Compass, said in a conference call Thursday that investors should look for earnings of between $2.08 and $2.12 per share this year, rather than the $2.15 to $2.27 analysts had expected. CompassÂ’ fourth-quarter per-share earnings of 50 cents missed the consensus of Wall Street analysts by three cents. Despite a welcomed 23% gain in noninterest income from a year earlier, an 8% increase in nonperforming assets and expenses surprised analysts.

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