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FFIN

First Financial

$54.91

-1.16 (-2.07%)

, MBFI

MB Financial

$42.34

-1.61 (-3.66%)

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First Financial to replace MB Financial in S&P 400 at open on 3/22

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) is acquiring MB Financial (MBFI) in a transaction expected to be completed soon pending final conditions.

FFIN

First Financial

$54.91

-1.16 (-2.07%)

MBFI

MB Financial

$42.34

-1.61 (-3.66%)

FITB

Fifth Third

$25.43

-1.02 (-3.86%)

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FFIN First Financial
$54.91

-1.16 (-2.07%)

10/16/18
BARD
10/16/18
INITIATION
Target $60
BARD
Neutral
First Financial initiated with a Neutral at Baird
Baird analyst Bryce Rowe initiated First Financial with a Neutral rating as its current elevated valuation appears justified. The premium reflects its stronger core profitability, valuable deposit franchise in the attractive Texas markets, and its ample capital position, said Rowe, who has a $60 price target on First Financial shares.
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First Financial reports Q4 EPS 57c, consensus 58c
Reports Q4 provision for loan losses $1.80M vs. $1.45M in Q3 and $1.44M a year ago. Reports Q4 net charge-offs ($1.47M vs. $1.21M a year ago.
MBFI MB Financial
$42.34

-1.61 (-3.66%)

06/08/18
SPHN
06/08/18
DOWNGRADE
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Equal Weight
First Midwest downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
Stephens analyst Terry McEvoy downgraded First Midwest (FMBI) to Equal Weight from Overweight, stating that he feels that First Midwest has benefited from speculation around the potential for a future sale since the announcement of MB Financial's (MBFI) sale to a large regional bank. While First Midwest still stands to benefit from MB-related market disruption, the impacts won't be felt until 2019 and First Midwest "isn't selling anytime soon," McEvoy tells investors. He maintains his $28 price target on First Midwest shares.
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ARGS
06/14/18
INITIATION
Target $36
ARGS
Buy
Fifth Third initiated with a Buy at Argus
Argus analyst Stephen Biggar initiated Fifth Third (FITB) with a Buy rating and a price target of $36, citing its strong fee-based income in asset management, sound credit quality, and above-peer efficiency ratio. The analyst further notes that while the bank's credit loan growth has been constrained, its net interest margins rose 8bps in the most recent quarter amid the rising interest rate environment, and he expects that trend to produce a high single-digit growth in net interest income this year. Biggar points to Fifth Third's recent acquisition announcement of MB Financial (MBFI) as a further catalyst, expanding its position with "significant retail and commercial assets in the Chicago" while boosting its earnings by 7% in the second year after the closing.
09/04/18
09/04/18
UPGRADE
Target $34

Outperform
Fifth Third upgraded to Outperform on valuation at Wedbush
As previously reported, Wedbush analyst Peter Winter upgraded Fifth Third (FITB) to Outperform from Neutral following meetings with management. The analyst notes that the stock has been under pressure following the announcement to acquire MB Financial (MBFI) on May 21. However, he believes the news is more than reflected in the valuation. Furthermore, Winter thinks the company can execute on its planned merger with MB Financial, realize the Project North Star targets and new $100M in expense savings, and show improvement toward reaching its FY 2020 goals of ROA, ROTCE and an efficiency in the low 50's. The analyst also raised his price target on Fifth Third's stock to $34 from $31.
10/31/18
RAJA
10/31/18
UPGRADE
RAJA
Outperform
MB Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
FITB Fifth Third
$25.43

-1.02 (-3.86%)

01/09/19
SBSH
01/09/19
UPGRADE
SBSH
Buy
Fifth Third upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
Citi analyst Keith Horowitz upgraded Fifth Third Bancorp to Buy. The analyst believes the company offers one of the most attractive tactical buying opportunities given its current "dislocated" valuation.
12/20/18
SPHN
12/20/18
UPGRADE
Target $27
SPHN
Overweight
Fifth Third upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
Stephens analyst Terry McEvoy upgraded Fifth Third Bancorp to Overweight with a $27 price target. The analyst believes the company is positioned to outperform in 2019. With improving returns on assets, Fifth Third can close its price-to-earnings multiple gap over the next 12 months, McEvoy tells investors in a research note. Further, he believes the company recently reaffirming its 2019 outlook and offering a "firm message" on future expenses was a "step in the right direction."
10/31/18
RAJA
10/31/18
UPGRADE
Target $30
RAJA
Outperform
Fifth Third upgraded to Outperform on valuation at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded Fifth Third to Outperform from Market Perform and established a $30 price target. Analyst David Long believes Fifth Third fundamentals are attractive given expanding NIM, a loan-to-deposit ratio below 90%, buybacks, and a valuation at one of the lowest core deposit premiums under coverage.
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Odeon's Bove says buy SunTrust, Midwest banks after deal announcement
Odeon analyst Dick Bove recommends investors buy shares of SunTrust (STI) following the company's announcement of an agreement to merge with BB&T (BBT), stating that the deal is expected to be accretive by 2021, but likely to be dilutive before this time. He also thinks investors should consider buying a group of Midwestern banks, as the deal puts "significant pressure" on those banks to merge. Banks such as Fifth Third (FITB) and KeyCorp (KEY) "need to join forces," while PNC (PNC) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) "need to buy more scale," Bove stated in his research note.

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ConocoPhillips

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Hormel Foods

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