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5 Bank Stocks That Won't Bankrupt You or America (Update 1)

4. Trustmark Corp.

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Shares of Trustmark Corp. (TRMK - Get Report) of Jackson, Miss., closed at $24.08 Monday, down 1% year-to-date, following a 2% return in 2011. Based on a 23-cent quarterly payout, the shares have a dividend yield of 3.82%.

The company had $9.7 billion in total assets as of Dec. 30, with branch operations in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Trustmark has a deal in place to acquire Bay Bank & Trust Co. of Panama City, Fla., for $22 million in cash and stocks. Bay Bank & Trust had $233 million in assets as of Dec. 30.

Trustmark's ROA in 2011 ranged between 1.01% and 1.31%.

The shares trade for 1.8 times tangible book value and 15 times the consensus 2012 EPS estimate of $1.58. The consensus 2013 EPS estimate is $1.63.

Sterne Agee analyst Peyton Green has a neutral rating on Trustmark, and says the relatively high valuation for the shares "takes into account TRMK's solid returns (ROA: 1.1%; [return on tangible equity]: 12%) and a high likelihood that TRMK will be a winner in the forthcoming M&A wave that seems likely to build over the next two years."

Interested in more on Trustmark? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock.
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TRMK $24.17 0.54%

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