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Banks to Watch: Transformers

As thousands of small banks announced second quarter results, Paul Davis, editor of community banking, sized up the field to list some the institutions that will merit extra scrutiny in coming weeks.

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y., and Hancock Holding Co. in Gulfport, Miss.

Used major second quarter acquisitions to move toward regional bank status. The question now: How successfully they can integrate and whether they'll do more deals. (Photo: ThinkStock)