Dr. J., What you might want (i.e., BBK as "growth stock" for 5-10 years) is unlikely to happen unless they move very quickly. If the economy turns down - which I don't see soon - BBK will be hurt (portfolio is suspect in down econ.) and the stock will dive. It may not be good candidate for sale at that point because of risk in loan portfolio and other bank's stock will probably be off as well, so no big premium. If Mr. Allison dosn't do a MOE soon, he will be stuck with slowing earnings via slowing loan growth and poor expense controls (or so I am told). A big merger would possibly give them the mass to survive and pick off weaker rivals, but they need to move now. If not, BBK will move sideways until stock goes down on weakening fundimentals (I know they have been great the last few years, but that accelerates the shift away when the deterieration begins) or a poor economy.
What to do? Either sell now (or on the next uptick) or prepare for a much lower & slower stock price than you have had in the last three years. That does not sound like a growth stock to me. ButI've been wrong before (havn't we all??)