Excitement over Gold Banc Corp.'s five planned acquisitions has sent stock of the Leawood, Kan., company soaring about 30% in the past two weeks.

Since April 29, the $567 million-asset company has announced deals to purchase five Kansas banks. The latest agreement, announced May 20, calls for Gold to swap $25 million of stock for $109 million-asset First State Bancorp in Pittsburg, Kan.

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