Acquisitions have played a significant role in the growth of F.N.B (FNB) and People's United Financial (PBCT), and their chief executives say they remain on the lookout for deals that would add heft in important markets.

Though both say that organic loan growth and expense control are their top priorities, they are also eager to accelerate their banks' expansion in markets where they are relative newcomers and view acquisitions as potential options.

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