Bank of Nova Scotia (TSE:BNS) (NYSE:BNS) insider Andrew Branion sold 214 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$80.51, for a total transaction of C$17,229.14.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 27th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.79 per share. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.94%. This is a positive change from Bank of Nova Scotia’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.76. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 2nd.

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Several analysts have commented on the stock. Scotiabank dropped their target price on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$89.00 to C$88.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. National Bank Financial lifted their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$85.00 to C$86.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. CIBC lifted their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$85.00 to C$87.00 in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$83.00 to C$85.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. Finally, Barclays PLC lifted their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$86.00 to C$88.00 in a report on Friday, August 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of C$85.83.

About Bank of Nova Scotia

The Bank of Nova Scotia is an international bank and a financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. The Bank offers a range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

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