WaMu May File For Bankruptcy Shortly, Merrill Lynch Says

10/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

(Reuters) - Washington Mutual (WM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may file for bankruptcy shortly, said Merrill Lynch analyst Kenneth Bruce terminating coverage of the stock.

The top U.S. savings and loan bank, whose market value has been virtually wiped out because of soaring mortgage losses, was closed by regulators on Thursday, and its banking assets were sold to JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $1.9 billion.

The company witnessed $16.7 billion in deposit outflows from September 15 to September 24, according to an Office of Thrift Supervision statement.

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