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Aflac opens up, Synovus down

It was mixed results for two Columbus companies Friday morning at the New York Stock Exchange.

Insurance company Alfac and financial services company Synovus both took beatings Thursday on the heels of quarterly earnings releases. Aflac lost 12 percent or $7.23 per share amid concerns about slowing policy sales in the U.S. and Japan. Synovus lost 10.3 percent or $1.07 per share after the company reported a 93 percent drop in profits compared to the second quarter of 2007.

Friday at 9:50 a.m., Synovus was off slightly, 16 cents, trading at $9.15 a share.

Aflac was up $1.46 or 2.75 percent, trading at $54.55 per share.

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