First Midwest Bancorp Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of First Midwest Bancorp (Nasdaq: FMBI  ) fell 14% at the market open today after the company released earnings.

So what: The fourth quarter was quite the disappointment, coming in at a $0.41 loss versus the $0.03 loss analysts expected. Underperforming land and construction loans were the main reasons for the large loss.

Now what: Regional banks are seeing a much more drawn out recovery than their larger rivals, and First Midwest Bancorp's results are showing the weakness. Instead of speculating on a regional bank like this, I will stick with bigger rivals who have returned to profitability. My picks, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  ) and US Bancorp (NYSE: USB  ) , are both solidly profitable, pay a dividend, and trade at a forward price-to-earnings ratio around 10.

Interested in more info on First Midwest Bancorp? Add it to your watchlist.

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