Financial Services

The bank consolidation trend in place since the late 1980s is not going to end anytime soon.
The uptrend channel is well defined, and price is at the bottom of it now.
The charts show the slope of the 200-day moving average has turned negative, so the trend is down.
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.
Like the overall market, shares of these exchange operators will eventually break out and start a new trend.
But business is brisk for smaller and mid-sized banks.
Here's an under the radar bank stock with great technicals and 10% upside.
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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