Insiders at a host of regional banks bought large blocks of their institutions' shares between September and November, indicating optimism about the companies' fortunes in the new year.

Among the institutions that showed high levels of insider activity were those whose shares have been battered the most during the recent dip in bank stocks -- notably Banc One Corp., U.S. Bancorp, and First Interstate Bancorp.

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