Six banks in four states met their demise and two new banks were chartered in their ashes in perhaps the busiest night the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has had so far in 2011.

The $3 billion-asset Superior Bank in Birmingham, Ala., shuttered by the Office of Thrift Supervision, was the biggest bank to fail. Also in Birmingham, the $793.7 million-asset Nexity Bank, a correspondent bank, was closed by the State of Alabama Banking Department.

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