Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) in a research note published on Monday morning. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a $14.00 price objective on the financial services provider’s stock.

VLY has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Valley National Bancorp from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Royal Bank of Canada began coverage on shares of Valley National Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. They issued an outperform rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a buy rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of Valley National Bancorp in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $13.64.

Shares of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE VLY) opened at $12.57 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $3,320.00, a P/E ratio of 21.67 and a beta of 0.89. Valley National Bancorp has a one year low of $10.61 and a one year high of $12.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a current ratio of 0.98.

Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.01. Valley National Bancorp had a net margin of 17.08% and a return on equity of 8.20%. The firm had revenue of $199.57 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $194.26 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.19 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Valley National Bancorp will post 0.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 22nd were issued a $0.11 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 21st. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.50%. Valley National Bancorp’s payout ratio is currently 75.86%.

In other news, Director Peter J. Baum acquired 3,433 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 29th. The shares were bought at an average price of $12.70 per share, for a total transaction of $43,599.10. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 41,086 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $521,792.20. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 3.07% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 185.6% during the 3rd quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 3,230,525 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $38,928,000 after acquiring an additional 2,099,452 shares during the period. Peregrine Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Valley National Bancorp during the 3rd quarter worth $9,222,000. Northern Trust Corp raised its holdings in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 15.0% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 5,870,281 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $69,327,000 after acquiring an additional 764,098 shares during the period. FMR LLC raised its holdings in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 40.6% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,122,100 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $25,062,000 after acquiring an additional 612,334 shares during the period. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Valley National Bancorp by 57.5% during the 3rd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,552,764 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $18,711,000 after acquiring an additional 566,827 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 63.82% of the company’s stock.

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About Valley National Bancorp

Valley National Bancorp is the bank holding company for Valley National Bank (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of commercial, retail, insurance and wealth management financial services products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Lending, Commercial Lending, Investment Management, and Corporate and Other Adjustments.

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