Financial Sector Update for 12/31/2014: SIBC,NBCB,MIG,FOSUF,STWD

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Financial stocks were moderately lower today with the NYSE Financial Sector Index slipping about 0.3% and the S&P Financial 100 Index falling about 0.4%.

In company news, State Investors Bancorp ( SIBC ) soared Wednesday after late yesterday agreeing to a $520 million all-cash takeover offer from First NBC Bank Holding Co. ( NBCB )

SIBC shares this afternoon were up nearly 35% at $20.70 apiece, just under their new all-time high of $20.77 a share. Prior to today's gain, the stock had risen less than 2% over the past 12 months.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, SIBC shareholders will receive $21.25 in cash for each share they current own. SIBC option-holders also will be able to cash in those securities, receiving the difference between the exercise price and the $21.25 per share buyout price.

NBCB said it expects the deal will immediately increase its 2015 earnings by around 2.3% over current projections and by about 4.4% in 2016. Its shares also were higher today, rising about 1% to $35.25 each, just under their session high at $35.25 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) MIG, (+18.8%) Ends three-month strategic review by accepting $433 mln cash buyout from Fosun International ( FOSUF ). The Shanghai-based asset manager will pay $8.65 per share in cash for MIG, a 24% premium over yesterday's closing price.

(-) STWD, (-0.1%) Adjusts conversion rate for its 4.55% convertible senior notes due 2018 to 45.1313 from 44.6455; also changes conversion rate for its 4.00% convertible senior notes due 2019 to 47.9958 from 47.5456, effective Dec. 29.

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