Media coverage about Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Home Bancshares earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3554040170691 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) traded down $0.27 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $24.12. The company had a trading volume of 707,643 shares, compared to its average volume of 911,820. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76, a current ratio of 1.03 and a quick ratio of 1.01. Home Bancshares has a fifty-two week low of $20.82 and a fifty-two week high of $29.69. The company has a market capitalization of $4,200.00, a PE ratio of 26.51 and a beta of 1.18.

Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.01. Home Bancshares had a return on equity of 11.18% and a net margin of 21.79%. The business had revenue of $164.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $165.40 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.35 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 28.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Home Bancshares will post 1.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 7th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be issued a $0.11 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.82%. Home Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio is 48.35%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on HOMB shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Home Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Sandler O’Neill downgraded shares of Home Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 target price on shares of Home Bancshares in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $25.00 target price on shares of Home Bancshares and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 target price on shares of Home Bancshares in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $27.50.

In other Home Bancshares news, Director Jim Rankin purchased 1,337 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $21.45 per share, with a total value of $28,678.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Insiders own 11.27% of the company’s stock.

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About Home Bancshares

Home BancShares, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company is engaged in providing a range of commercial and retail banking, and related financial services to businesses, real estate developers and investors, individuals and municipalities through its community bank subsidiary, Centennial Bank (the Bank).

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