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M3F bulks up on banks in Q1

Salt Lake City-based M3F Inc.'s financial stock holdings increased 12.1% to $86.2 million in the first quarter, according to the firm's most recent 13F filing.

M3F's largest holding, a 9.9% stake in Oakland, Md.-based First United Corp. worth $13.5 million, did well in the first quarter as the stock gained 10.3%.

The hedge fund manager was bullish on a number of thrifts in the first quarter, making Provident Financial Holdings Inc. its No. 2 holding, up from No. 9 at year-end 2017, and more than doubling its positions in Bronx, N.Y.-based PDL Community Bancorp (MHC) and Brockton, Mass.-based HarborOne Bancorp Inc (MHC).

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M3F initiated two new positions during the quarter, including a $1.0 million stake in Owens Realty Mortgage Inc. and a $587,000 position in Security National Financial Corp. The firm also sold off its stakes in Willis Lease Finance Corp. and Middlefield Banc Corp., which had been worth $4.5 million and $671,000 at the end of 2017.

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