Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Score of 0.10

Headlines about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. Heartland Financial USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.7057474317517 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on HTLF. FBR & Co set a $50.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. BidaskClub lowered shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. B. Riley set a $50.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. Heartland Financial USA presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $50.33.

Shares of Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ HTLF) opened at $51.65 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.78. Heartland Financial USA has a 1-year low of $42.10 and a 1-year high of $56.40. The stock has a market cap of $1,536.39, a PE ratio of 17.39, a P/E/G ratio of 1.71 and a beta of 0.69.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72. Heartland Financial USA had a net margin of 18.14% and a return on equity of 9.77%. The firm had revenue of $109.12 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $115.81 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.81 earnings per share. Heartland Financial USA’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Heartland Financial USA will post 3 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Investors of record on Friday, November 17th were issued a $0.11 dividend. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.85%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. Heartland Financial USA’s dividend payout ratio is currently 14.92%.

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About Heartland Financial USA

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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