Jittery investors sent most stocks lower for a second straight day, but some regional bank stocks eked out small gains on opportunistic buying.

Among those who bucked the market trend, Amsouth Bancorp was up 81.25 cents, to $60.1875; BB&T Corp. gained 93.75 cents, to $65.50; and Mercantile Bancshares rose 87.5 cents, to $54.125.

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