charters, West Coast Bancorp of Lake Oswego, Ore., is prime takeover bait.

Analysts said several factors are fueling speculation that West Coast -- Oregon's largest independent bank, with $1.2 billion of assets and 42 branches that stretch into Washington is on the block. The bank's chief executive officer, Victor L. Bartruff, resigned suddenly, and no successor has been named. And the bank's stock price has been languishing.

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