Media stories about Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Washington Federal earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.1551960944808 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
WAFD has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine downgraded Washington Federal from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised Washington Federal from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, September 1st. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on shares of Washington Federal in a report on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and set a $34.00 price objective on shares of Washington Federal in a report on Friday, October 6th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. Washington Federal has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $36.00.
Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) traded down $0.10 on Friday, reaching $34.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 330,925 shares, compared to its average volume of 404,414. The firm has a market cap of $2,967.20, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.60, a P/E/G ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 1.14. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 1.02. Washington Federal has a 12-month low of $29.80 and a 12-month high of $35.95.
Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The bank reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.03. Washington Federal had a return on equity of 8.63% and a net margin of 28.87%. The company had revenue of $128.69 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $121.46 million. equities research analysts expect that Washington Federal will post 2.07 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 20th. Investors of record on Monday, November 6th were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 3rd. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. Washington Federal’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 30.93%.
About Washington Federal
Washington Federal, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company conducts its operations through a federally insured national bank subsidiary, Washington Federal, National Association (the Bank). The business of the Bank consists primarily of accepting deposits from the general public and investing these funds in loans of various types, including first lien mortgages on single-family dwellings, construction loans, land acquisition and development loans, loans on multi-family, commercial real estate and other income producing properties, home equity loans and business loans.
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