In an echo of the thrift consolidation storm that has hit the West Coast, shares of Long Island Bancorp remain near their historic high as money managers and analysts bet the suburban New York company will soon be bought.

The latest scuttlebutt in New York thrift circles is that Astoria Financial Corp. has backed away after its $55-a-share offer drew a counterproposal of $60, and that Dime Bancorp and Greenpoint Financial Corp., both based in New York City, are now pursuing the $5.9 billion-asset Melville, N.Y., company.

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