Media headlines about Fidelity Southern (NASDAQ:LION) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Fidelity Southern earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.282045569341 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of NASDAQ:LION traded down $0.01 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $23.97. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 404 shares, compared to its average volume of 110,883. Fidelity Southern has a fifty-two week low of $20.28 and a fifty-two week high of $27.05. The firm has a market cap of $646.61 million, a PE ratio of 18.30 and a beta of 0.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a current ratio of 1.01.

Fidelity Southern (NASDAQ:LION) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.10). Fidelity Southern had a net margin of 13.68% and a return on equity of 9.04%. The business had revenue of $73.45 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $70.50 million. analysts anticipate that Fidelity Southern will post 1.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, August 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 2nd were paid a $0.12 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 1st. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.00%. Fidelity Southern’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 36.64%.

LION has been the subject of a number of research reports. ValuEngine lowered Fidelity Southern from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub lowered Fidelity Southern from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Fidelity Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, June 21st. Finally, Sandler O’Neill set a $26.00 target price on Fidelity Southern and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 23rd.

About Fidelity Southern

Fidelity Southern Corporation operates as the holding company for Fidelity Bank that provides financial products and services primarily for individuals, and small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The company accepts noninterest-bearing demand and interest-bearing demand accounts, including money market accounts and savings deposits; and time deposits.

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