Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect BancorpSouth (BXS) Share Price

News articles about BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BancorpSouth earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 46.0455609160651 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) opened at 29.70 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $2.70 billion, a PE ratio of 18.29 and a beta of 1.40. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $29.25 and a 200-day moving average of $30.01. BancorpSouth has a one year low of $22.23 and a one year high of $32.40.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 19th. The bank reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $185.61 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $187.78 million. BancorpSouth had a net margin of 19.46% and a return on equity of 8.77%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.39 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that BancorpSouth will post $1.66 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a $0.14 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.89%. This is a boost from BancorpSouth’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. BancorpSouth’s payout ratio is presently 34.57%.

Several brokerages have recently commented on BXS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BancorpSouth from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Stephens set a $35.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. BidaskClub cut shares of BancorpSouth from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 12th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth in a research report on Friday, September 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.67.

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BancorpSouth Company Profile

BancorpSouth, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank (the Bank), conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other.

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