Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Great Western Bancorp (GWB) Share Price

News stories about Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 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. Great Western Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.9897708760084 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of GWB stock opened at $40.34 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,308.14, a PE ratio of 17.39, a P/E/G ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 1.59. Great Western Bancorp has a 12 month low of $33.27 and a 12 month high of $45.62.

Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $117.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $118.85 million. Great Western Bancorp had a return on equity of 8.66% and a net margin of 27.04%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.63 earnings per share. analysts predict that Great Western Bancorp will post 2.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

GWB has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Great Western Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine raised Great Western Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Stephens reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Friday, January 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Great Western Bancorp has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.70.

In related news, insider Kenneth James Karels sold 1,510 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.00, for a total value of $67,950.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Stephen John Ulenberg sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.81, for a total value of $125,430.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 12,736 shares in the company, valued at $532,492.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.33% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Great Western Bancorp Company Profile

Great Western Bancorp, Inc is a full-service regional bank holding company. The Company is the holding company of the Great Western Bank (the Bank). As of September 30, 2016, the Company served customers through 173 branches in various markets in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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