Up and Down: Provident, FBR Capital Markets, JER, Capital One
The Post-Bloomberg index gained 2.9 percent last week, a wild one on Wall Street. The S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent.
*Shares of Baltimore-based Provident Bankshares (PBKS) gained 32 percent last week and 9 percent the week before. They've gained 83 percent in the past month and 95 percent in the past three months, though they're still below their 52-week high of $33.15, hit a year earlier.
*FBR Capital Markets (FBCM) gained 29 percent last week, closing at $6.15 - a week it hit a 52-week low of $3.82 a share. That happened Tuesday. Shares of the Arlington investment bank are up 24 percent in the past three months. Shares of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey (FBR) also gained last week - up 15 percent, closing at $1.98.
*Shares of JER Investors Trust (JRT) also rose last week - up 27 percent, to close Friday at $6.84. They avoided their 52-week low of $4.58, hitting $4.65 on Tuesday before starting to climb. Shares have lost almost 50 percent in the past year.
*Another financial firm on our list of one-week gainers: Capital One (COF), whose shares gained 22 percent last week to close at $56.05. Shares are up 35 percent in the past three months. While financials figured big on our list of one-week gainers, none makes an appearance on our list of one-year gainers.
*Shares of Constellation Energy Group hit a 52-week low of $13 on Tuesday before Thursday's early announcement that it would be bought by Warren Buffett's MidAmerican for $26.50 a share. Shares closed the week at $25.76 - down 71 percent in the past 52 weeks and 69 percent in the past three weeks.
*Shares of USA Mobility fell 20 percent last week, to $10.83, after gaining 12 percent the previous week. They're still on the list of three-month losers, up 38 percent in that period.
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