A Boston investor group gobbled up a large stake in a newly converted New York thrift company this month, continuing its nationwide thrift stock buying spree.

Bay Pond Partners LP, owned by institutional investor Wellington Management Co., acquired a 6.74% stake in Afsala Bancorp, which owns $150 million-asset Amsterdam (N.Y.) Federal Bank. Bay Pond paid $11.50 per share for its stake Oct. 1, according to SNL Securities.

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