Simmons First National Corp. announced a 3-for-2 stock split to finance possible acquisitions.

The split will boost the number of shares available from 3.8 million to 5.7 million, bank president Thomas May said Friday. Stock of $857 million-asset bank, which is based in Pine Bluff, Ark., closed up $1.25 Friday, to $37, and volume was five times the daily average.

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