Tim Melvin is a writer from Windermere, Fla. In addition to writing about the markets, he manages accounts for family and friends. He has written serveral articles and collaborated on several investment books. Prior to striking out on his own he spent 20 years a stockbroker, the last 15 as a Vice President of Investments with a regional firm in the Mid Atlantic area. He specializes in deep value investing as well as special situations and activist stocks, and is the author of the Junior Chamber Course on Value Investing, as well as numerous articles in various publications on the subject of value investing, the stock market and the world around us.

Preaching the community-bank gospel, once again, after reviewing this Fed survey.
The bank consolidation trend in place since the late 1980s is not going to end anytime soon.
They're competing with small banks on my investment list.
Potential takeover targets are popping up in the sector.
And Mattel may not be feeling too playful these days.
CHFN and SHBI are both at the $1 billion asset threshold and could catch the eye of a buyer.
Buying smaller players at or below book value remains the single best growth opportunity in the sector.
But business is brisk for smaller and mid-sized banks.
These banks are all undervalued, and could attract bank-stock activist funds.
With an activist entering the sector, here are some stocks to watch.

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