Somewhat Critical Press Coverage Likely to Affect Umpqua Holdings Corp (UMPQ) Share Price

News stories about Umpqua Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:UMPQ) have trended somewhat negative on Friday, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research group, a unit of Accern, identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Umpqua Holdings Corp earned a media sentiment score of -0.05 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news articles about the bank an impact score of 77 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Alpha One’s analysis:

Several brokerages recently commented on UMPQ. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Umpqua Holdings Corp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 14th. Stephens reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Umpqua Holdings Corp in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Hovde Group began coverage on shares of Umpqua Holdings Corp in a research report on Monday, March 6th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $20.00 price target for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $18.07.

Shares of Umpqua Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:UMPQ) traded down 0.11% during trading on Friday, reaching $17.57. 1,977,782 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $17.65 and a 200-day moving average price of $17.65. Umpqua Holdings Corp has a 12 month low of $14.61 and a 12 month high of $19.50. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.87 billion, a PE ratio of 16.73 and a beta of 1.07.

Umpqua Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:UMPQ) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 19th. The bank reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.05. Umpqua Holdings Corp had a net margin of 19.24% and a return on equity of 6.74%. The firm earned $266.95 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $279.30 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.29 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that Umpqua Holdings Corp will post $1.12 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 31st were given a $0.16 dividend. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.64%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 29th. Umpqua Holdings Corp’s dividend payout ratio is 60.38%.

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About Umpqua Holdings Corp

Umpqua Holdings Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company’s principal operating subsidiaries include Umpqua Bank (the Bank) and Umpqua Investments, Inc (Umpqua Investments). It operates through two segments: Community Banking and Home Lending. The Community Banking segment’s principal business focus is the offering of loan and deposit products to business and retail customers in its primary market areas.

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