9. MB Financial
Shares of MB Financial (MBFI) of Chicago closed at $20.96 Thursday, returning 21% during the first quarter.
The company has expanded its market footprint, with six acquisitions of failed banks during the credit crisis.The company owes $196 million in TARP money. In late January after MB Financial announced its fourth-quarter results, CEO Mitchell Feiger said the company would wait to repay TARP, "hopefully without any common stock issuance." The consensus among analysts is for MB Financial to earn 5 cents a share for the first quarter, 73 cents for all of 2011, and a$1.70 a share in 2012. Out of 13 analysts covering MB Financial, seven rate the shares a buy, five have neutral ratings and one analyst recommends investors sell the shares.