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Midday Wednesday: Patriot National Bancorp loses over 3% after deal announcement

Stamford, Conn.-based Patriot National Bancorp Inc. retreated 3.86% to $16.20 around midday Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Earlier today, the company announced it is buying state peer Prime Bank, which was up 40.44% to $16.46.

In other merger news, Veritex Holdings Inc. is acquiring Liberty Bancshares Inc. and unit Liberty Bank. The company, which lost 0.26% to $26.70, priced its public offering of 1,987,000 common shares at $26.25 apiece. Net proceeds from the offering will be used to partially fund the deal and for corporate general purposes.

Following a slightly positive close on Tuesday, the SNL U.S. Bank Index dropped 0.45% to 554.95, while the SNL U.S. Thrift Index was down 0.63% to 907.77. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked up 0.18% to 22,003.33, the S&P 500 slipped 0.23% to 2,470.82, and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.53% to 6,329.15.

Among the nation's largest banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. retreated 0.13% to $92.91, Citigroup Inc. dropped 0.41% to $69.32, Bank of America Corp. was flat at $24.45, and Wells Fargo & Co. inched up 0.23% to $53.82.

In the thrift space, Astoria Financial Corp. was down 0.94% to $20.03 and BofI Holding Inc. lost 2.51% to $27.53.

Meanwhile, U.S. mortgage applications dropped 2.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ended July 28, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported.

Private-sector employment in the U.S. was up by 178,000 jobs in July from June, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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