NationsBank will turn in a solid first-quarter performance and begin dispelling doubts about its recent purchase of Barnett Banks Inc., a prominent analyst predicted Monday.

In a note to clients, PaineWebber's Ruchi Madan said, "We expect underlying trends to be strong" as the Charlotte, N.C., banking company culls cost savings from the Barnett deal and also supplies some unexpected favorable news on the operations front.

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