Lehman Brothers analyst Bruce Harting, whose firm represented Washington Mutual Inc. in its aborted bid to buy $9 billion-asset Coast Savings Financial last year, is touting Coast as the next California thrift to be acquired.

In a July 7 report titled, "Coast Savings Financial: Quietly Moving to the Forefront of the California Thrift Industry," Mr. Harting predicted the Los Angeles thrift, which closed Wednesday at $48.125, could sell at $49 to $63 a share within 24 months.

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