Media headlines about BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ:BFIN) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BankFinancial Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.7337456191826 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

BankFinancial Corporation (BFIN) traded up 0.31% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $16.04. The company had a trading volume of 38,090 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $15.57 and a 200 day moving average price of $14.97. The company has a market capitalization of $294.01 million, a P/E ratio of 32.67 and a beta of 0.58. BankFinancial Corporation has a 52 week low of $12.15 and a 52 week high of $16.36.

BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ:BFIN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The bank reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. BankFinancial Corporation had a return on equity of 4.55% and a net margin of 15.58%. The business had revenue of $13.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.25 million. Equities analysts forecast that BankFinancial Corporation will post $0.60 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 25th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 9th were paid a $0.07 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, August 7th. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.75%. BankFinancial Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 57.14%.

BankFinancial Corporation declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase program on Friday, July 28th that permits the company to repurchase 250,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the bank to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are typically an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on BFIN shares. BidaskClub lowered BankFinancial Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered BankFinancial Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 1st. Finally, FIG Partners upgraded BankFinancial Corporation from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $16.00 to $17.00 in a research report on Monday, July 31st.

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In related news, EVP James J. Brennan sold 9,239 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total value of $138,585.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 85,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,275,000. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Paul A. Cloutier sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.98, for a total value of $149,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 67,991 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,018,505.18. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 39,239 shares of company stock worth $607,935. 15.45% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About BankFinancial Corporation

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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