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10 First Quarter Bank Stock Winners

9. MB Financial

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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.

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