News coverage about Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Union Bankshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6510896218431 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of brokerages recently commented on UBSH. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Union Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 21st. Brean Capital restated a “hold” rating on shares of Union Bankshares in a research report on Monday, October 30th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Union Bankshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Merion Capital Group raised their price objective on shares of Union Bankshares from $45.00 to $47.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill set a $39.00 price objective on shares of Union Bankshares and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $41.80.

Shares of Union Bankshares (UBSH) opened at $36.72 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.94. The company has a market cap of $2,402.21, a PE ratio of 21.99 and a beta of 1.21. Union Bankshares has a 12-month low of $29.50 and a 12-month high of $39.37.

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $90.64 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $91.35 million. Union Bankshares had a net margin of 18.15% and a return on equity of 8.12%. equities analysts forecast that Union Bankshares will post 2.51 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 20th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 6th will be given a $0.21 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, February 5th. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.29%. Union Bankshares’s payout ratio is currently 50.30%.

In related news, EVP John G. Jr. Stallings purchased 1,373 shares of Union Bankshares stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $36.22 per share, for a total transaction of $49,730.06. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 9,582 shares in the company, valued at $347,060.04. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. 2.18% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Union Bankshares Company Profile

Union Bankshares Corporation is a financial holding company and bank holding company. The Company operates through two segments: a community bank segment and mortgage loan origination business segment. The Company offers financial services through its community bank subsidiary, Union Bank & Trust (the Bank) and three non-bank financial services affiliates.

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