Some securities analysts are speculating that NationsBank Corp. could join in the bidding for Great Western Financial Corp. But others are skeptical, saying the Charlotte, N.C., institution already has its hands full with its Boatmen's Bancshares acquisition.

Norwest Corp. and Washington Mutual are reportedly weighing white-knight bids for the Chatsworth, Calif., thrift company. Great Western has received a hostile bid from H.L. Ahmanson & Co.

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