Skepticism continues to swirl around the Obama administration's public-private investment program, but in earnings calls with investors last week, most industry executives said they were keeping an open mind."We have been viewing, as you would expect, with a lot of interest, the legacy loan program coming from the government," said Richard Anthony, the chairman and chief executive of Synovus Financial Corp. "We believe that some new avenues for disposition will be opened up as a result of this program … , but the information that we want to see is not yet totally available, so we'll continue to follow progress there."

Joe Price, the chief financial officer at Bank of America Corp., echoed that sentiment.

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