A stock analyst said he expects two small, business- oriented Midwest community banks to profit from the pending merger of St. Louis-based Boatmen's Bancshares and NationsBank Corp., Charlotte, N.C.

BancFirst, Oklahoma City, and Mississippi Valley Bancshares, St. Louis, should pick up customers as well as bankers displaced by the merger because of their focus on small business, local presence, and strong management, according to Joel K. Gomberg, an analyst at Howe Barnes Investments Inc.

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