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expects Oak Hill Financial Inc. (Nasdaq: OAKF) to benefit from higher interest rates. The Jackson, Ohio-based financial holding company engages in commercial banking and consumer finance lending through its wholly owned subsidiaries. “Oak Hill’s loan growth has increased in markets like suburban Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton,” Cummings says. “They are picking up business in the commercial real estate loans market and they will continue to grow.”

Fred Cummings’Stock Picks

Company/ Exchange Symbol

Price*

12-to 18-Month Price Target

P/E on Projected Earnings

Est. 5-Yr. Annual EPS Growth Rate

Why Stock Will Outperform

Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) $48.59 $60.00 14 12% Company has improved its accounting methods and trimmed expenses.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) $29.23 $32.00 12 10% Company has been trading at a discount and is shareholder-friendly.
Fulton Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: FULT) $21.44 $24.00 15 10% Company has strong corporate loan growth and a disciplined acquisition strategy.
Oak Hill Financial Inc. (Nasdaq: OAKF) $35.31 $40.00 13 10% Company’s loan growth and business in commercial real estate have increased.
*As of Sept. 21, 2004

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