BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) Short Interest Update

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BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) saw a large increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 29th, there was short interest totalling 107,100 shares, an increase of 5.2% from the May 14th total of 101,800 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 38,200 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.8 days. Approximately 0.8% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on BFIN. ValuEngine downgraded shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, April 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, February 24th. Finally, DA Davidson began coverage on shares of BankFinancial in a report on Friday, February 21st. They issued a “hold” rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock.

BankFinancial stock opened at $7.96 on Monday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $8.18 and its 200-day moving average price is $10.64. BankFinancial has a twelve month low of $6.73 and a twelve month high of $14.29. The company has a market cap of $119.74 million, a PE ratio of 11.54 and a beta of 0.55.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April 21st. The bank reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by ($0.01). BankFinancial had a return on equity of 8.63% and a net margin of 15.17%. The business had revenue of $13.37 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $13.50 million. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that BankFinancial will post 0.36 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 6th were issued a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, May 5th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.03%. BankFinancial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 38.83%.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Citigroup Inc. increased its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 52.1% in the 4th quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 2,794 shares of the bank’s stock worth $37,000 after buying an additional 957 shares during the last quarter. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of BankFinancial by 7.9% during the 4th quarter. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. now owns 36,042 shares of the bank’s stock worth $471,000 after purchasing an additional 2,632 shares during the period. State Street Corp boosted its stake in shares of BankFinancial by 0.9% during the 4th quarter. State Street Corp now owns 430,719 shares of the bank’s stock worth $5,634,000 after purchasing an additional 3,700 shares during the period. Nuveen Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of BankFinancial by 4.0% during the 1st quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 106,854 shares of the bank’s stock worth $942,000 after purchasing an additional 4,142 shares during the period. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of BankFinancial by 6.4% during the 4th quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 75,853 shares of the bank’s stock worth $992,000 after purchasing an additional 4,589 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 66.05% of the company’s stock.

BankFinancial Company Profile

BankFinancial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association that provides commercial, family, and personal banking products and services in Illinois. The company accepts various deposit products, including savings, NOW, checking, money market, IRA, and other retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.

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