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5 Bank Stocks Analysts Say You Should Sell Now (Update 3)

1. Astoria Financial

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Shares of Lake Success, New York-based Astoria Financial (AF) are off by 2% in 2012 and have shed 44% on a one-year basis.

The bank missed expectations in the fourth quarter, reporting a net income of $11.8 million, or 12 cents per share, a 50% decline from a profit of $23.8 million, or 25 cents per share, last year.

Analysts on average had expected the company to earn 14 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters.

The company said it will freeze salaries for its executive officers to put a lid on expenses and is reviewing staffing and compensation plans.

The company said it expects multi-family/CRE loan originations of about $1.5 billion and residential loan originations for portfolio of about $3.5 billion in 2012, which will be reflected in loan growth in the first quarter.

"These actions will help, but the prolonged low-rate environment is a significant challenge," FBR Capital analyst Bob Ramsey said in a report. Ramsey has a market perform rating on the stock and a price target of $9.

Two analysts rate the stock a buy, while 10 have a hold rating and 5 analysts rate the stock a sell. The consensus price target is $8.74.

Shares closed at$8.22 on Tuesday.

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--Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York

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