Bank of Nova Scotia (TSE:BNS) (NYSE:BNS) insider Barbara Frances Mason sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$82.60, for a total transaction of C$1,652,000.00.

Shares of Bank of Nova Scotia (TSE BNS) opened at C$83.60 on Friday. Bank of Nova Scotia has a 1-year low of C$73.31 and a 1-year high of C$85.50.

Bank of Nova Scotia (TSE:BNS) (NYSE:BNS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 28th. The bank reported C$1.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of C$1.68 by C($0.03). The company had revenue of C$6.81 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of C$7.05 billion. Bank of Nova Scotia had a net margin of 30.50% and a return on equity of 14.91%. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.58 EPS.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 29th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.79 per share. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. Bank of Nova Scotia’s payout ratio is presently 47.00%.

Several analysts recently commented on BNS shares. BMO Capital Markets reissued an “outperform” rating and set a C$86.00 price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia in a research report on Wednesday. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$87.00 to C$91.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. National Bank Financial increased their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$86.00 to C$88.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Scotiabank cut their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$95.00 to C$94.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Citigroup increased their price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from C$90.00 to C$93.00 in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of C$88.46.

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Bank of Nova Scotia Company Profile

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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