A dissident shareholder is dropping his proxy fight against Eagle BancGroup after the company announced this week that it would consider selling.

Eagle, a $180 million-asset thrift holding company in Bloomington, Ill., has hired Trident Financial Corp. to advise it on whether to sell, merge, or remain independent. Trident, based in Raleigh, N.C., is the same investment banking firm that brought the company public in 1996.

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