Expense control is getting extra attention at several smaller banks this earnings season, though the reasons for the scrutiny vary depending on the institution.

At Hancock Holding (HBHC), investors have been pressuring the Gulfport, Miss, company to cut costs. Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) in Pittsfield, Mass., unveiled plans to trim expenses after getting caught flat-footed by rising long-term interest rates.

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