Media headlines about Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog 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. Guaranty Bancorp earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6848708640777 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on GBNK shares. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Guaranty Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Guaranty Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, October 20th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $29.00 price target on shares of Guaranty Bancorp in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Guaranty Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $29.90.

Shares of Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) opened at $28.45 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, a current ratio of 0.92 and a quick ratio of 0.92. Guaranty Bancorp has a 52-week low of $22.00 and a 52-week high of $30.42. The company has a market capitalization of $831.91, a P/E ratio of 19.62, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 0.93.

Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by ($0.01). Guaranty Bancorp had a return on equity of 11.20% and a net margin of 24.17%. The company had revenue of $37.46 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.81 million. sell-side analysts forecast that Guaranty Bancorp will post 1.46 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 17th were given a $0.125 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%. Guaranty Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is presently 37.59%.

In other news, Director W Kirk Wycoff sold 81,900 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.69, for a total transaction of $2,349,711.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Keith Dickelman sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.02, for a total value of $145,100.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 255,000 shares of company stock worth $7,390,202 in the last quarter. Insiders own 8.40% of the company’s stock.

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About Guaranty Bancorp

Guaranty Bancorp is a bank holding company. The Company’s bank subsidiary is Guaranty Bank and Trust Company (the Bank). As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 32 branches and two investment management firms, Private Capital Management LLC (PCM) and Cherry Hills Investment Advisors Inc (CHIA), in Colorado through the Bank.

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