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Many of the large commercial bank stocks have done very well thus far in 2013. Market leaders such as JP Morgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC) are up substantially. These three are up 18.6%, 26.5% and 24.5% respectively year to date. Many investors I know trade and invest in these types of stocks for growth and dividends. However, what the same investors often miss are potentially extremely rewarding small, regional banks that often offer growth AND pay excellent dividends. Smaller banks can be much follow compared to larger banks, as they are primarily balance sheet based businesses. When the balance sheet of a local bank is appealing, more than likely the...

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