The stock market's recent upheaval has placed two of the industry's closest followers of regional bank stocks at odds.

Sean J. Ryan of Bear, Stearns & Co. is trumpeting regional stocks, but William R. Katz at Merrill Lynch & Co. is urging investors to stay on the sidelines.

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