Community Bank System (NYSE:CBU) Earns Daily News Impact Rating of 0.26

Headlines about Community Bank System (NYSE:CBU) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Community Bank System earned a news impact score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 47.1121684542519 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Community Bank System (NYSE:CBU) opened at 51.64 on Friday. Community Bank System has a 12-month low of $42.67 and a 12-month high of $63.04. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.61 billion, a PE ratio of 24.70 and a beta of 1.07. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $54.67 and a 200-day moving average price of $55.91.

Community Bank System (NYSE:CBU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The bank reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $129.26 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $127 million. Community Bank System had a return on equity of 9.04% and a net margin of 20.63%. The firm’s revenue was up 20.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.58 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Community Bank System will post $2.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 10th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be given a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.63%. This is a positive change from Community Bank System’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. Community Bank System’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 60.38%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. BidaskClub cut Community Bank System from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, August 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Community Bank System in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of Community Bank System in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $53.60.

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In related news, Director Nicholas A. Dicerbo sold 3,000 shares of Community Bank System stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.03, for a total value of $168,090.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

Community Bank System Company Profile

Community Bank System, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company owns two subsidiaries: Community Bank, N.A. (CBNA or the Bank) and Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc (BPAS). It operates in three segments: banking, employee benefit services, and All Other. The Banking segment provides lending and depository-related products and services to individuals, businesses and municipal enterprises.

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