BancorpSouth (BXS) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

News articles about BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing 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. BancorpSouth earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.11656552963 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) opened at 28.30 on Friday. BancorpSouth has a 12-month low of $22.23 and a 12-month high of $32.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.43 and a beta of 1.39. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $30.15 and its 200-day moving average price is $30.22.

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. BancorpSouth had a return on equity of 8.77% and a net margin of 19.46%. The company had revenue of $185.61 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $187.78 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.39 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that BancorpSouth will post $1.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a $0.14 dividend. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.98%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This is a positive change from BancorpSouth’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. BancorpSouth’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 30.86%.

Several research analysts have weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth in a research report on Friday, July 14th. BidaskClub lowered BancorpSouth from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. ValuEngine raised BancorpSouth from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth in a research report on Monday, June 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $31.67.

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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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