Texas' Temple-Inland Financial Services Group Inc. is the latest out- of-state company to take an interest in the California thrift market, with a $150 million agreement to buy California Financial Holding Co. of Stockton.

California Financial is the parent company of $1.3 billion-asset Stockton Savings Bank, which has been rumored to be up for sale for some time, analysts said. Those rumors appeared to be even more prevalent during the weeks before the agreement, when the company's stock price jumped from $24 to $29.

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