Two thrifts that are viewed as takeover targets in desirable markets received "buy" recommendations from Wall Street on Thursday.

MAF Bancorp, Clarendon Hills, Ill., got the nod from Piper Jaffray Inc., Minneapolis, as "a high-quality thrift" whose franchise also makes it attractive to buyers.

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