M&T, based in Buffalo, has always been more conservative than its national rivals. They went down in price during the financial crisis, but not so much as Citi or B of A, and unlike those two behemoths, M&T never reduced its cash dividend to shareholders. You'll see the stock up sharply today. Rumors have swirled M&T recently about a possible takeover. Today's news will do nothing to dampen speculation.


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