Kemper Securities Inc. has issued "strong buy" recommendations on two Illinois thrifts following the high-premium acquisition of Chicago's Cragin Financial Corp. announced earlier this week.

In response to the recommendations, the shares of MAF Bancorp in the Chicago suburb of Clarendon Hills surged $1.75 to $29.75, while those of Chicago's St. Paul Bancorp lost 37.5 cents to $27 in late trading.

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