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What: MB Financial (Nasdaq: MBFI ) reported fourth-quarter earnings after the bell yesterday. Investors apparently liked what they saw, sending shares as much as 10% higher today.
So what: The Chicago-based holding company for MB Financial Bank trumpeted the following in its headline: strong core pre-tax, pre-provision earnings; a decrease in non-performing loans; and a strong capital and liquidity position.
Now what: If you're tracking MB Financial, follow CEO Mitchell Feiger's cue and keep an eye on loan growth, and make sure the new loans are of higher quality. In the conference call, Feiger said his company needs to do better in both areas.
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