Hometrust Bancshares (HTBI) Receives Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.24

News stories about Hometrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hometrust Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.2430910844736 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Hometrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) traded up $0.70 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $25.75. The company had a trading volume of 24,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 40,013. Hometrust Bancshares has a 1-year low of $21.40 and a 1-year high of $28.00. The company has a market cap of $481.64, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.27 and a beta of 0.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.68, a current ratio of 1.32 and a quick ratio of 1.32.

Hometrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The financial services provider reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $29.16 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $30.00 million. Hometrust Bancshares had a return on equity of 4.71% and a net margin of 11.28%.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub lowered Hometrust Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday. Sandler O’Neill set a $28.00 price objective on Hometrust Bancshares and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Hometrust Bancshares in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, TheStreet raised Hometrust Bancshares from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, November 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.00.

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About Hometrust Bancshares

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company of HomeTrust Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s principal business consists of attracting deposits from the public and investing those funds, along with borrowed funds, in loans secured primarily by first and second mortgages on one- to four-family residences, including home equity loans, construction and land/lot loans, commercial real estate loans, construction and development loans, commercial and industrial loans, indirect automobile, and municipal leases.

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