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The Tuesday Express: North American financials

* Stifel Financial reported fourth-quarter EPS of 31 cents from the year-ago period's 14 cents.

* At Aetna Inc., EPS dropped 57% year-over-year to 39 cents.

* Ally Financial, CIT Group, Mastercard, and Nasdaq are scheduled to report quarterly results before markets open today.

* As a result of cost-structure changes following its acquisition of Visa Europe, Visa is eliminating 58 jobs at its Foster City, Calif. campus, effective March 20, the San Francisco Business Times reports.

* Green Dot is acquiring UniRush and its operating businesses RushCard, an online direct-to-consumer general purpose reloadable prepaid card provider, as well as Rapid! PayCard, a corporate payroll card provider.

* Validus Holdings stands to materially increase its U.S. primary specialty lines business with the announcement of an agreement to acquire the crop risk services business of agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland for $127.5 million in cash.

* Hawaii National Guard FCU is set to merge with Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, according to an announcement posted on CUBallot.com.

* Hammond, La.-based First Guaranty Bancshares and McKinney, Texas-based Premier Bancshares struck a merger deal valued at approximately $21.0 million.

* An investor group composed of Dennis Schardt, Brian Schardt, Kimberly Porter, Rebecca Rathjen, and Christina Nokelby is looking to acquire an 80.10% stake in Wahoo, Neb.-based Bank Management for a total purchase price of $23.2 million.

* Heritage Oaks Bancorp has exited the consumer mortgage business, citing market conditions, rising interest rates and increasing housing prices.

* In a move to boost its sales efforts, JPMorgan Chase is launching a new customer relationship management and analytics system to improve its sales, a source told the Financial Times.

* The Federal Reserve Board removed certain bank holding companies with total consolidated assets under $250 billion from the qualitative assessment under the 2017 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review cycle.

* Some insurance industry representatives continue to protest revised cybersecurity requirements for financial services companies proposed by New York's top insurance regulator.

* Horace Mann Educators CFO Dwayne Hallman has taken a medical leave of absence following a "severe medical incident" Jan. 29.

* And the The Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meeting begins today.

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