Before the Bell Scans of Fifth Third Bancorp, Huntington Bancshares, Associated Banc-Corp, and FirstMerit

     Before the Bell Scans of Fifth Third Bancorp, Huntington Bancshares,
                     Associated Banc-Corp, and FirstMerit

PR Newswire

LONDON, March 6, 2013

LONDON, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Financial sector was up yesterday as the broader market indices touched their
new all time highs. While financial sector is still struggling to contain the
losses,the stocks showed overall bullish sentiments. The markets are also
expected to retain their positive trajectory despite worries about declining
economic growth rate. The Dow Jones ended its latest session at 14,253.77,up
0.89 percent while NASDAQ was up 1.32 percent to close at 3,224.13.
Similarly,S&P closed on a optimistic note at 1,539.79,up 0.96 percent. Our
research team took a look at the regional banks industries which include major
companies like Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB),Huntington Bancshares
Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN),Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) and FirstMerit
Corp (NASDAQ: FMER). StockCall has taken an interest in these companies and
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Fifth Third Bancorp is currently in a bullish mode as the stock ended its
yesterday's session at $16.02. The stock traded in the range of $15.88 and
$16.19 during Tuesday's session. Its first support level is at $15.94 and upon
breaching this level; the stock may go down to $15.53 level. On the upside,
this bank's stock may touch $16.50 level. Fifth Third's stock has traded in
the range of $12.04 and $16.77 in the past 52 weeks and it increased by 17.71
percent during the same time period. On a Year-to-Date basis, the stock is
5.39 percent. Sign up today to read the free research report on FITB at

Huntington Bancshares Inc.'s shares closed lower for its latest trading
session, ending the day 0.42 percent down at $7.18. The stock fell to an
intra-day low of $7.11, while its intra-day high stood at $7.25. Despite the
downward movement, Huntington has gained more than 12 percent this year,
compared to a gain of 7.97 percent for the S&P 500. The shares have strong
support at around $7.07, as the stock shows a bullish trend. The stock is
trading higher than its 20-day and 50-day moving averages of $7.07 and $6.86
respectively. Register to download the free technical analysis on HBAN at

Associated Banc-Corp. traded in the range of $14.41 and $14.63 in yesterday's
session and ended the day at $14.48, up 0.56 percent. It traded 893,000
shares, in comparison to its usual trading volume of 1.19 million. The stock's
52 weeks range stands at $11.67 and $14.74. The bank has gained 9.61 percent
of its value in the past 12 months, while it is 10.37 percent so far this
year. It is in a bullish mode and may find its first support level at $14.36.
It is trading above its 20-day moving average of $14.46. Free report on ASBC
can be accessed by registering at

Shares of FirstMerit Corp. ended its Tuesday's trading session marginally up
at $15.21, 0.13 percent on volume of 908k shares. Its usual daily trading
volume stands at 1.24 million. The stock increased more than 7 percent this
year, in-line with the broad market. It has slipped from $15.27 resistance
level and has support at around $15.09 at the moment. Despite its upward
movement, the company is still trading below its 20-day SMA of $15.23.
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