Media stories about Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:WASH) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Washington Trust Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3726383509916 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Washington Trust Bancorp stock traded up $0.35 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $55.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,557 shares, compared to its average volume of 36,657. The company has a market cap of $947.83, a P/E ratio of 18.27 and a beta of 0.72. The company has a current ratio of 1.08, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97. Washington Trust Bancorp has a 52-week low of $47.00 and a 52-week high of $59.10.

Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:WASH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 30th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $47.10 million during the quarter. Washington Trust Bancorp had a return on equity of 12.76% and a net margin of 21.38%.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 13th. Investors of record on Monday, April 2nd were paid a $0.43 dividend. This is an increase from Washington Trust Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. This represents a $1.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 29th.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on WASH. Compass Point upgraded Washington Trust Bancorp from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, December 18th. BidaskClub downgraded Washington Trust Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th.

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Washington Trust Bancorp Company Profile

Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc operates as the bank holding company for The Washington Trust Company, of Westerly that offers various financial products and services to individuals and businesses. The company operates in two segments, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management Services. The Commercial Banking segment provides various commercial and retail lending products, which include commercial real estate loans consisting of commercial mortgages and construction loans; commercial and industrial loans; residential real estate loans; and consumer loans comprising home equity loans and lines of credit, personal installment loans, and loans to individuals secured by general aviation aircraft.

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