News stories about BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BancorpSouth Bank earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 46.2315266466372 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE BXS) traded down $0.20 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $34.35. 903,390 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 644,080. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02, a quick ratio of 0.87 and a current ratio of 0.88. BancorpSouth Bank has a fifty-two week low of $27.20 and a fifty-two week high of $34.95. The firm has a market cap of $3,120.00, a PE ratio of 21.07 and a beta of 1.41.

BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.43 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.01. BancorpSouth Bank had a net margin of 19.59% and a return on equity of 8.97%. The business had revenue of $186.52 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $191.32 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.40 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that BancorpSouth Bank will post 1.65 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.63%. BancorpSouth Bank’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 34.36%.

BXS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BancorpSouth Bank from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $34.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. ValuEngine cut shares of BancorpSouth Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $31.00 price target on shares of BancorpSouth Bank in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.63.

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BancorpSouth Bank Company Profile

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other.

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