Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect BancorpSouth Bank (BXS) Share Price

News coverage about BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BancorpSouth Bank earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.4983977741166 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

BXS stock opened at $33.55 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $3,030.57, a P/E ratio of 20.09 and a beta of 1.42. BancorpSouth Bank has a 1 year low of $27.20 and a 1 year high of $35.55. The company has a quick ratio of 0.84, a current ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02.

BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 18th. The bank reported $0.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $217.01 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $210.65 million. BancorpSouth Bank had a net margin of 20.58% and a return on equity of 9.49%. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.39 EPS. research analysts expect that BancorpSouth Bank will post 2.24 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, June 15th will be given a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.67%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 14th. BancorpSouth Bank’s dividend payout ratio is 33.53%.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on BXS shares. ValuEngine downgraded shares of BancorpSouth Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Stephens reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a report on Friday, January 26th. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Piper Jaffray reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of BancorpSouth Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. BancorpSouth Bank has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.00.

About BancorpSouth Bank

BancorpSouth Bank operates as a financial holding company for BancorpSouth Bank that provides commercial banking and financial services to individuals and small-to-medium size businesses. It offers various deposit products, including interest and noninterest bearing demand deposits, and saving and other time deposits.

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