News stories about HopFed Bancorp (NASDAQ:HFBC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HopFed Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.3211061631511 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of HopFed Bancorp (NASDAQ HFBC) traded down $0.26 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $15.44. 1,400 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 8,700. HopFed Bancorp has a fifty-two week low of $13.51 and a fifty-two week high of $16.29. The company has a market capitalization of $104.76, a P/E ratio of 21.15 and a beta of 0.17. The company has a quick ratio of 0.86, a current ratio of 0.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46.

HopFed Bancorp (NASDAQ:HFBC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The savings and loans company reported $0.22 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $9.13 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $8.99 million. HopFed Bancorp had a return on equity of 5.21% and a net margin of 11.09%. research analysts forecast that HopFed Bancorp will post 0.73 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a $0.05 dividend. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.30%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. HopFed Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 27.40%.

HopFed Bancorp announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, November 16th that authorizes the company to repurchase 300,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the savings and loans company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of HopFed Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st.

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HopFed Bancorp Company Profile

HopFed Bancorp, Inc is a savings and loan holding company that operates through its subsidiary, Heritage Bank USA, Inc (the Bank). The Bank is a Kentucky state chartered commercial bank based in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with branch offices in Kentucky and Tennessee. The business of the Bank primarily consists of attracting deposits from the general public and investing such deposits in loans secured by single family residential real estate and investment securities, including United States Government and agency securities, municipal and corporate bonds, collateralized mortgages obligations (CMOs), and mortgage-backed securities.

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