If they were smart and they are not...they would go ahead and merge with U.S. Bank in a transaction that is friendly and while they have some leverage. But they will putz around and probably buy someone like a Regions bank first which will be the nail in their coffin. Alabama banks are known for being the worst in the business.......but bbt will buy that turd thinking they can make a difference. They just don't realize that they reached the limits of their capabilities with the southern national merger.
Stock holders, upper mgt says BBT is not for sale. At this time it is probably true. But, people remember Econ I, everything is for sale if the price is right. Price is everything. When something is not for sale, it simply means the price is not right.