Some of the hardest-hit bank stocks in this year's downturn have been those of midcapitalization companies that are perceived as high-quality names.

While the Standard and Poor's bank stock index has fallen 14% this year, stocks of several solid performers are down even more. Milwaukee-based Firstar Corp. has fallen 27%; Comerica Inc. 29%; First Tennessee National Corp. 26%; Fifth Third Bancorp 16%; Zions Bancorp 16%; and BB&T Corp. 23%.

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