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Midday Friday: First Niagara down following earnings report, branch deal

After closing in negative territory , bank and thrift stocks postedmixed results around midday Friday, April 29. The SNL U.S. Bank Index went down0.59% to 407.24, while the SNL U.S. Thrift Index rose 0.14% to 794.62.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.66% to17,713.24, the S&P 500 decreased 0.72% to 2,060.85 and the Nasdaq compositeindex slipped 0.85% to 4,764.45.

Among the large-cap banks, fell 0.89% to$63.03, Bank of AmericaCorp. dropped 1.28% to $14.60, Citigroup Inc. dipped 0.42% to $46.53 and decreased0.77% to $50.02.

FirstNiagara Financial Group Inc. fell 1.31% to $10.51 around midday.Earlier today, the company reported first-quarter GAAP net income available tocommon shareholders of $40.8 million, or 11 cents per share. Yesterday, FirstNiagara disclosed that 18 of its branches are being to Warren, Pa.-based to resolveantitrust concerns related to First Niagara's pending merger with .

Around midday today, KeyCorp declined 1.18% at $12.27.Northwest BancsharesInc., the parent of Northwest Bank, saw its stock climb 3.42% to$14.06.

GreenBancorp Inc. jumped 3.96% to $8.63. The company disclosed yesterdaythat it has created astrategic initiative designed to substantially reduce the uncertainty in thefinancial results caused by its energy loan portfolio.

Among notable movers, Tyler, Texas-based jumped3.92% to $29.45 in morning trading. Wilmington, Del.-based dropped 8.39% to$5.46.

In the thrift space, New York Community Bancorp Inc. slipped 0.43% to $15.02and TFS Financial Corp.(MHC) slid 0.17% to $18.00.

In economic news, the Bureau of Economic Analysisreported that personal income and disposable personal income increased 0.4% inMarch. Personal consumption expenditures, meanwhile, rose 0.1%.

The final Aprilreading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index was 89.0,down from 91.0 in March, Bloomberg News reported.

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