News articles about BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BancorpSouth Bank earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.6265202382745 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Several research analysts have commented on BXS shares. Stephens reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $33.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $34.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a report on Wednesday, November 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. BancorpSouth Bank presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $34.13.

Shares of BancorpSouth Bank (BXS) traded up $0.70 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $31.70. The stock had a trading volume of 1,006,801 shares, compared to its average volume of 733,765. BancorpSouth Bank has a one year low of $27.20 and a one year high of $35.55. The firm has a market cap of $2,863.46, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.10 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02, a current ratio of 0.85 and a quick ratio of 0.84.

BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 24th. The bank reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41. BancorpSouth Bank had a return on equity of 9.01% and a net margin of 19.59%. The company had revenue of $184.46 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $187.12 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.40 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that BancorpSouth Bank will post 2.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.77%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. BancorpSouth Bank’s 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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