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Midwest sees 86 M&A deals among banks and thrifts so far in 2014

October 28, 2014
Columbus Business First

The number of banking mergers is picking up nationally and the Midwest is again proving the most-active location, in part because of the sheer number of institutions calling the region home. "We have a lot of banks, with 250 in Ohio in particular," Kate Lynch, director of investment banking for Performance Trust Capital Partners, told me. "It's driven by the number of small institutions or just total number of banks."

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Airline Industry-Related Must-Reads: Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL), JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU), United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL), American Airlines Group Inc (AAL)

October 27, 2014
Markets Emerging

Major airline stocks closed higher Friday despite New York officials confirmed the state’s first case of the Ebola virus. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Dr. Craig Spencer’s diagnosis did not pose a threat to others. “What moves the market is a surprise or something that’s unexpected or unanticipated, so the fact that there’s an Ebola case is old news,” said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. “For it to be a real story, it has to be way more contagious than we thought.”

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