BancorpSouth Bank (BXS) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports

News stories about BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BancorpSouth Bank earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.5915371844828 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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Several brokerages have weighed in on BXS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded BancorpSouth Bank from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Brean Capital restated a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Monday, February 5th. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $34.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Stephens restated a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Friday, January 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.13.

Shares of BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE BXS) opened at $31.75 on Friday. BancorpSouth Bank has a 12-month low of $27.20 and a 12-month high of $35.55. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,962.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.13 and a beta of 1.47. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a current ratio of 0.85.

BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The bank reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.41. BancorpSouth Bank had a return on equity of 9.01% and a net margin of 19.59%. The firm had revenue of $184.46 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $187.12 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.40 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that BancorpSouth Bank will post 2.17 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. BancorpSouth Bank’s dividend payout ratio is presently 33.74%.

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About BancorpSouth Bank

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other.

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