Bank of Montreal (BMO) Given News Impact Rating of 0.02

News coverage about Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) (TSE:BMO) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Bank of Montreal earned a media sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.1220111050947 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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A number of research firms recently commented on BMO. Zacks Investment Research cut Bank of Montreal from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Macquarie upgraded Bank of Montreal from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Bank of Montreal currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $98.60.

Bank of Montreal stock traded down $0.67 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $75.47. 492,458 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 409,332. Bank of Montreal has a 52 week low of $66.75 and a 52 week high of $84.71. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 1.18. The stock has a market capitalization of $49,150.75, a P/E ratio of 12.09, a PEG ratio of 1.61 and a beta of 1.07.

Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) (TSE:BMO) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The bank reported $1.68 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.66 by $0.02. Bank of Montreal had a return on equity of 13.85% and a net margin of 16.69%. The business had revenue of $5.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.45 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $2.28 earnings per share. Bank of Montreal’s quarterly revenue was up .4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Bank of Montreal will post 6.82 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 28th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.755 per share. This represents a $3.02 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 30th. This is a boost from Bank of Montreal’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.73. Bank of Montreal’s payout ratio is currently 46.96%.

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Bank of Montreal Company Profile

Bank of Montreal (the Bank) is a financial services provider. The Bank provides a range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services. The Bank conducts its business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking (P&C), Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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