Shares of Signet Banking Corp. on Thursday reversed course, falling 50 cents after gaining 11.6% this week.

Banking industry analysts said the stock, which closed at $27.125, had been boosted by a new wave of takeover rumors, with likely acquirers including such banks as First Union Corp. and Wachovia Corp.

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