Salomon Brothers analysts Bruce W. Harting, who has upgraded all the major California thrifts in recent months, last week singled out Coast Savings Financial as the "best value."

The $7.8 billion-asset Los Angeles thrift, which operates in the shadows of such neighbors as H.F. Ahmanson & Co. and Great Western Financial Corp., suffered earthquake-related losses in the first quarter that he said pushed the stock down.

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