Continuing its expansion in its hometown, Cincinnati's Provident Financial Group Inc. said Monday that it would buy rival Fidelity Financial Inc. of Ohio for about $192 million of stock.

Provident would pay nearly two times book value for $835 million- asset Fidelity, which has 17 branches in greater Cincinnati. The deal, which would boost Provident's assets to more than $9.3 billion, is the company's second intracity acquisition announced this month; on Aug. 3, it said it planned to buy OHSL Financial Corp. for $57 million.

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