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By Jonathan Ponciano – Closing out a week of big bank earnings hits and misses, two mid-sized banks announced they’re merging in a deal–valued at about $2.2 billion–that will create the nation’s 19th-largest bank by assets upon close.

Raleigh, NC-based First Citizens Bancshares and New York City-based commercial lender CIT Group announced on Friday that they’ve entered into an agreement to merge in a $2.2 billion all-stock deal.

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