BancorpSouth (BXS) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

News stories about BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 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. BancorpSouth earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.3693364703594 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) opened at 32.50 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $2.96 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.01 and a beta of 1.43. The company’s 50-day moving average is $30.24 and its 200-day moving average is $30.06. BancorpSouth has a 12-month low of $22.23 and a 12-month high of $32.70.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 19th. The bank reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $185.61 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $187.78 million. BancorpSouth had a net margin of 19.46% and a return on equity of 8.77%. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.39 earnings per share. Analysts predict that BancorpSouth will post $1.66 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 15th were paid a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.72%. This is a positive change from BancorpSouth’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 14th. BancorpSouth’s payout ratio is presently 34.57%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $31.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BancorpSouth from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. ValuEngine raised shares of BancorpSouth from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $31.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of BancorpSouth from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. BancorpSouth presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.67.

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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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