SunTrust Banks Inc. and BB&T Corp. reported solid, if convoluted, earnings on Wednesday that were strong enough to leave analysts optimistic about both companies' growth prospects for 2000.

Atlanta-based SunTrust, the nation's ninth-largest bank holding company, posted earnings per share of $1.06 for the fourth quarter, up 23% from a year earlier, and $3.92 for the year, up 15%.

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