Something seems incongruous about the contexts in which Huntington Bancshares gets mentioned.

One was a list of "companies leading the industry's transformation" compiled last year by Tom Brown, the influential securities analyst from Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Huntington, the second-biggest banking company in Columbus, Ohio, made the cut with Citicorp and Wells Fargo, First Bank System and Norwest, and the credit card banks Capital One, First USA, and MBNA.

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