New caution on the part of regulators about share buybacks could complicate the future for eight small thrifts making initial public offerings this week.

GS Financial Corp., Metairie, La.; NewSouth Bancorp., Washington, N.C.; and Hemlock Federal Financial Corp., Oak Forest, Ill., are among the thrifts that will begin trading this week after offerings that range in size from $2.9 million to $161,000.

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