The interest rate climate has contributed to lower expectations for Webster Financial Corp., despite its efforts to walk, talk, and act more like a banking company than a thrift.

Analysts' ratings have crept lower on the stock - to 1.8, or a weak "buy" rating, on First Call/Thomson Financial's scale of 1 to 5. The consensus rating for the Waterbury, Conn., company dropped 0.3% over the four-week period that ended last week, according to the American Banker affiliate that tracks analyst recommendations on stocks.

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