There are perhaps 3 options - same as STI has:
1. Cut costs and increase stock buybacks to raise share price?
2. Identify the less of two evils by executing a purchase or merger with a competitor - BBT/STI, BBT/RF, STI/RF. These options keep both inside of the South and expand the presence and cut duplicate functions or costs savings opportunities?
3. Stand up on stage and host an auction to the highest bidder who will pay a 25% premium for STI or 20% premium for BB&T to give the shareholders what they want right NOW?
Hanging out for another 10 years is no option for these two IMO. Enter the "lets fight over who gets to drive the limo" as the boards at all of these banks light the seven figure compensation and perks that include a high level of self importance feeling.
Even handicapped folks could win with you wannabees. I have it made and you wannabee. I'm, (doing my Bill Clinton) richer than you are and you wannabee. You must work, and folks work for me, and you wannabee. You claim to have original thought, yet you post elementary duplication, thinking you can attack me, heck my neighbor ladies do better. In fact it's two of them been messin with you kids lately. You boys are really so easy to mess with. You do realize that JA and I are STIL at the helm, which STIL frosts you, and BBandT is STIL not sold or MOE, and you boys are STIL gonna be so unhappy in 2008, since 2007 will STIL be an uneventful year, and real soon I will unload those 39 and change shares, and make more $$$ than you will make in a year.
"Quit encouraging him....he gets on these tirades because he's retarded. No reason to clog up the Board with this nonsense...let him think he's a genius and be done with it" Quit clogging child-you can't win