News stories about Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Meta Financial Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.7508729863446 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ CASH) opened at $117.00 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $1,003.21, a P/E ratio of 24.43 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20, a current ratio of 0.55 and a quick ratio of 0.55. Meta Financial Group has a 12 month low of $60.70 and a 12 month high of $117.97.

Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The savings and loans company reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.30) by $1.38. Meta Financial Group had a net margin of 16.03% and a return on equity of 15.91%. equities research analysts expect that Meta Financial Group will post 7.52 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th were given a $0.13 dividend. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.44%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 7th. Meta Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio is 10.86%.

Several research analysts have weighed in on CASH shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Meta Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Lake Street Capital started coverage on shares of Meta Financial Group in a research note on Monday, January 8th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $120.00 price objective on the stock. B. Riley upgraded shares of Meta Financial Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. BidaskClub lowered shares of Meta Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, FBR & Co upgraded shares of Meta Financial Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $116.60.

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About Meta Financial Group

Meta Financial Group, Inc is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company operates through its banking subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank). Its segments include Payments, Banking, and Corporate Services/Other. MetaBank is both a community-oriented financial institution offering a range of financial services to meet the needs of the communities it serves and a payments company providing services on a nationwide basis.

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