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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Long line for business loans encouraging

Loans to businesses have risen to a record high, making bank executives increasingly optimistic about the U.S. economy. – Reuters

Regions Financial 4Q earnings fall

Regions Financial Corp. reported that its fourth-quarter of 2013 net income available to common shareholders declined to $219 million, from last year's $261 million, with earnings per share decreasing to $0.16 from the previous year's $0.18. – Nasdaq

Wednesday’s ADTRAN results report tantalizing

ADTRAN Inc. is set to release its fourth-quarter fiscal 2013 results before the opening bell Wednesday and some analysts say it may beat its earning estimates. – zacks.com

GECAS may be close to $4B Boeing deal

GECAS, the world's largest aircraft leasing company, is edging toward placing an order for around 40 Boeing medium-haul jets, industry sources said on Monday, a deal that could be worth some $4 billion. – Chicago Tribune

Nucor ups price for steel wire rod products

Nucor will raise prices for steel wire rod products $23/st effective with February 1 shipments, according to a company letter to customers. One Southern wire rod buyer noted that some competitors have raised wire prices 5-8 percent recently and others boosted prices $30/st. – plats.com

Synovus Financial reports 4Q net income drop

Synovus Financial Corp. today reported financial results for the quarter, with net income available to common shareholders at $35.8 million, compared to $37.2 million for the third quarter of 2013, and $709.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The fourth quarter of 2012 results included an $800 million tax benefit related to the deferred tax asset recapture. – WSJ.com

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