Valley National Bancorp’s (VLY) “Buy” Rating Reiterated at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated their buy rating on shares of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) in a research report released on Friday morning. They currently have a $15.00 price target on the financial services provider’s stock.

Several other equities analysts have also weighed in on VLY. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Valley National Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $13.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. Royal Bank of Canada started coverage on shares of Valley National Bancorp in a report on Thursday. They set an outperform rating and a $14.00 target price on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Valley National Bancorp has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $13.14.

Shares of Valley National Bancorp (VLY) opened at $11.41 on Friday. Valley National Bancorp has a 12 month low of $10.61 and a 12 month high of $12.82. The stock has a market cap of $3,040.26, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.78 and a beta of 0.89. The company has a current ratio of 0.98, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97.

Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $193.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $195.03 million. Valley National Bancorp had a net margin of 19.91% and a return on equity of 8.27%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.16 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Valley National Bancorp will post 0.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 22nd will be issued a $0.11 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 21st. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.86%. Valley National Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 64.71%.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its stake in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 9.8% in the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 9,128 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $108,000 after purchasing an additional 817 shares in the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 26.2% in the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 9,795 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 2,031 shares in the last quarter. HRT Financial LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Valley National Bancorp in the 2nd quarter valued at about $120,000. Ffcm LLC raised its stake in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 222.4% in the 2nd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 10,262 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $124,000 after purchasing an additional 7,079 shares in the last quarter. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc acquired a new stake in shares of Valley National Bancorp in the 3rd quarter valued at about $126,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 63.83% of the company’s stock.

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Valley National Bancorp Company Profile

Valley National Bancorp is the bank holding company for Valley National Bank (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of commercial, retail, insurance and wealth management financial services products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Lending, Commercial Lending, Investment Management, and Corporate and Other Adjustments.

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