News articles about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.8519401739257 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) opened at $51.45 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a current ratio of 0.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,547.09, a PE ratio of 19.34, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.75. Heartland Financial USA has a twelve month low of $42.10 and a twelve month high of $56.40.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.80. The firm had revenue of $118.38 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $116.31 million. Heartland Financial USA had a return on equity of 10.02% and a net margin of 16.16%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.74 EPS. equities analysts expect that Heartland Financial USA will post 3.77 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be issued a $0.13 dividend. This is an increase from Heartland Financial USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.11. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $0.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.01%. Heartland Financial USA’s dividend payout ratio is currently 16.54%.

Several research firms have issued reports on HTLF. ValuEngine upgraded Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. B. Riley restated a “hold” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. BidaskClub downgraded Heartland Financial USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Raymond James Financial restated an “outperform” rating and set a $58.00 price objective on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $57.00.

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About Heartland Financial USA

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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