Despite powerful investor Michael F. Price's recently revealed 7% stake in Advanta Corp., Wall Street analysts remain cool toward shares of monoline credit card issuers.

Only a year ago, the fabulous foursome of monolines-MBNA Corp., First USA Inc., Capital One Financial Corp., and Advanta-were meeting, if not exceeding, all expectations. But their diverging fortunes lately have led analysts to back off the sector.

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