QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) has been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $54.00.

QCRH has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Maxim Group dropped their price target on QCR from $53.00 to $51.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $55.00 price target on QCR and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of QCR in a research report on Friday. DA Davidson reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price objective on shares of QCR in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, ValuEngine raised QCR from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st.

In other QCR news, CEO Larry J. Helling sold 1,021 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.40, for a total value of $45,332.40. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 11,180 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $496,392. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Thomas D. Budd sold 997 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.33, for a total value of $44,197.01. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 4,208 shares in the company, valued at $186,540.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 2,818 shares of company stock worth $124,113. Corporate insiders own 8.80% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its stake in QCR by 2.8% in the 2nd quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 16,981 shares of the bank’s stock worth $805,000 after buying an additional 463 shares during the last quarter. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its stake in QCR by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 101,596 shares of the bank’s stock worth $4,817,000 after buying an additional 464 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in QCR by 3.9% in the 2nd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 21,336 shares of the bank’s stock worth $1,011,000 after buying an additional 800 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in QCR by 9.7% in the 2nd quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 13,478 shares of the bank’s stock worth $639,000 after buying an additional 1,196 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in QCR by 9.3% in the 2nd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 21,586 shares of the bank’s stock worth $1,023,000 after buying an additional 1,843 shares during the last quarter. 59.71% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of QCR (NASDAQ QCRH) traded down $0.90 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $43.85. The stock had a trading volume of 31,807 shares, compared to its average volume of 56,884. QCR has a twelve month low of $39.85 and a twelve month high of $50.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $621.53, a PE ratio of 17.20, a P/E/G ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 0.54. The company has a current ratio of 0.95, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 4th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.46%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. QCR’s payout ratio is currently 7.84%.

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About QCR

QCR Holdings, Inc is a multi-bank holding company. The Company serves the Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Des Moines/Ankeny and Rockford communities through its banking subsidiaries, Quad City Bank and Trust Company (QCBT), Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Company (CRBT), Community State Bank (CSB), Rockford Bank and Trust Company (RB&T), and Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, which provide full-service commercial and consumer banking and trust and asset management services.

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