Additions to the Nasdaq OMX ABA Community Bank Index, effective Dec. 22: Cascade Bancorp (OTCQB:CABC), Horizon Bancorp (HBNC +1%), Mercantile Bak (MBWM +0.4%), Opus Bank (OPB -0.1%), Peoples Financial (PFIS +3%), ServisFirst (SFBS +0.3%), Stonegate (SGBK -1.5%), Square 1 FInancial (SQBK -1.3%), Talmer Bancorp (TLMR -0.6%), United Community (UCFC +0.8%).
Subractions: Bridge Capital (BBNK -1.7%), Bridge Bancorp (BDGE), Bank of Kentucky (BKYF -1%), Sierra Bancorp (BSRR +0.3%), Kearny Financial (KRNY -0.9%), Pacific Continental (PCBK -0.5%), Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK +0.9%), Susquehanna (SUSQ -0.6%), Territorial Bancorp (TBNK -0.2%).
Guggenheim cashes in its chips on a trio of Buy calls, downgrading Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH -2.1%), Investors Bancorp (ISBC -1.7%), and S&T Bancorp (STBA -2.8%) to Neutral. The team also finds a name to upgrade, boosting Comerica (CMA -0.5%) to a Buy, noting the lender's exposure to Texas and California.
Sandler O'Neill chimes in with a couple of upgrades, lifting SVB Financial (SIVB) and Square 1 Financial (SQBK +0.5%) each to Buy. Peapack-Gladstone Financial (PGC -0.5%) is started with a Buy.
Square One Financial (SQBK) pops to $20.46 late in the session after pricing its IPO at $18 - above the expected range of $15-$17. The company sold 5.78M shares for gross proceeds of about $104M.
Headquartered in North Carolina's Research Triangle, SQBK operates in the "venture banking market," and - as of Dec. 31- had total assets of $2.3B, loans outstanding of $1.1B, total deposits of $2.1B, and shareholders' equity of $189.1M