American Capital Partners has recruited two Raymond James analysts to launch a research unit focused on small and mid-cap banks in the New York area.

The Hauppauge, N.Y., firm on Tuesday hired Anthony Polini as director of research. Polini was recently a sell-side analyst at Raymond James.

Nicole Gulino also joined American Capital, as senior research analyst. She was recently a senior research associate at Raymond James, where she focused on regional and community banks in the Northeast.

The announcement comes days before  banks begin reporting fourth-quarter earnings.

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