PROXY CORNER: First Merchants Corp.

First Merchants Corp., 200 E. Jackson St., Muncie 47305 (, operates about 80 banking offices, nearly all in Indiana. In the nine months ended Sept. 30, First Merchants reported profit of $9.2 million, or 38 cents per share. That compares with a net loss of $34.1 million, or $1.62 per share, in the same period a year earlier. The company’s shares trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FRME. Information for Proxy Corner was taken from Yahoo Finance and from the company’s proxy statement filed March 26, 2010.

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