Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media headlines about Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm 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 negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hancock Holding earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1263204681122 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Hancock Holding (NASDAQ HBHC) opened at 43.35 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $3.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.09 and a beta of 0.85. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $47.43 and a 200-day moving average price of $46.83. Hancock Holding has a 52 week low of $30.18 and a 52 week high of $52.94.

Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.68 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.68. The business had revenue of $267.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $265.03 million. Hancock Holding had a net margin of 18.91% and a return on equity of 7.85%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.59 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Hancock Holding will post $2.71 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 31st. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.21%. Hancock Holding’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.00%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on HBHC shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective on shares of Hancock Holding in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Stephens restated a “hold” rating on shares of Hancock Holding in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded Hancock Holding from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, May 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Hancock Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Hancock Holding from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $49.78.

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In other news, insider Joseph S. Exnicios sold 3,369 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.27, for a total transaction of $155,883.63. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Randall W. Hanna sold 2,300 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.93, for a total transaction of $101,039.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 38,262 shares of company stock valued at $1,844,274 in the last three months. Corporate insiders own 1.15% of the company’s stock.

Hancock Holding Company Profile

Hancock Holding Company is a financial services company that provides a network of service financial choices to the Gulf South region, through its bank subsidiary, Whitney Bank (the Bank), a Mississippi state bank. The Company operates through overall banking operations segment. The Bank operates under brands, such as Hancock Bank in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and Whitney Bank in Louisiana and Texas.

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