California's community banks should continue to shine this year, boosted by a strong economy, takeover speculation, and their own efforts to build fee income, a market watcher says.

Several are standouts, poised for annual earnings-per-share growth of 18%, compared with 8% to 12% for the banking industry as a whole, said Kirstin B. Gard, banking analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co.

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