In a strong indication that banks and thrifts won't give in easily as the industry consolidates, a number of shareholder rights plans have been launched during the past few months.

As the mergers and acquisitions boom rolls on, banks and thrifts increasingly are implementing defensive strategies, like poison pills and share repurchase programs, that make mergers far more difficult.

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