Hometrust Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:HTBI) saw a significant growth in short interest during the month of June. As of June 30th, there was short interest totalling 102,700 shares, a growth of 57.0% from the May 30th total of 65,400 shares. Approximately 0.6% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 38,700 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.7 days.

Shares of HTBI stock traded up $0.34 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $25.28. 41,800 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 46,948. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $24.82. The company has a current ratio of 1.32, a quick ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.67. The firm has a market cap of $460.95 million, a PE ratio of 18.61 and a beta of 0.36. Hometrust Bancshares has a 52 week low of $23.93 and a 52 week high of $30.00.

Hometrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 24th. The financial services provider reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.41 by ($0.25). Hometrust Bancshares had a net margin of 17.15% and a return on equity of 6.25%. The firm had revenue of $31.97 million for the quarter.

HTBI has been the topic of several research analyst reports. TheStreet cut Weibo from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Friday, May 31st. BidaskClub cut Paychex from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, June 30th.

In other news, EVP Keith J. Houghton sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.70, for a total transaction of $98,800.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 8,743 shares in the company, valued at $215,952.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 7.10% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Hometrust Bancshares by 3.3% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,065,441 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $27,894,000 after acquiring an additional 33,763 shares during the period. Impax Asset Management Group plc lifted its stake in shares of Hometrust Bancshares by 4.9% during the fourth quarter. Impax Asset Management Group plc now owns 1,007,672 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $26,381,000 after acquiring an additional 47,066 shares during the period. Private Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Hometrust Bancshares by 2.9% during the first quarter. Private Capital Management LLC now owns 487,123 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $12,275,000 after acquiring an additional 13,577 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Hometrust Bancshares by 10.3% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 193,270 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $5,059,000 after acquiring an additional 17,996 shares during the period. Finally, Kennedy Capital Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Hometrust Bancshares by 13.0% during the first quarter. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. now owns 176,514 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $4,448,000 after acquiring an additional 20,288 shares during the period. 60.72% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Hometrust Bancshares

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for HomeTrust Bank that provides a range of retail and commercial banking products. Its deposit products include savings, money market, and demand accounts, as well as certificates of deposit for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

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