The top gainer among major bank stocks on Wednesday was Boatmen's Bancshares, St. Louis, up $1.125 to $62.75. Also enjoying advances were Comerica Inc., up 75 cents to $30.50, and NationsBank Corp., up 75 cents to $49.75.

But there also were losers. Wachovia Corp. fell 75 cents to $33.625 and First Fidelity Bancorp. slipped 75 cents to $46.75. U.S. Bancorp of Oregon dropped 62.5 cents to $26.

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