Media coverage about MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. MidSouth Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 44.9945861599359 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE MSL) traded up $0.05 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $12.70. 23,907 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 52,742. The company has a current ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.11. MidSouth Bancorp has a 1 year low of $11.05 and a 1 year high of $16.60. The company has a market capitalization of $209.34, a P/E ratio of -12.70 and a beta of 1.21.

MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 30th. The bank reported ($0.15) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.22). MidSouth Bancorp had a negative net margin of 11.48% and a negative return on equity of 0.46%. The business had revenue of $25.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.71 million. equities research analysts expect that MidSouth Bancorp will post 0.73 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of brokerages have commented on MSL. Hovde Group downgraded shares of MidSouth Bancorp from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $15.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of MidSouth Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of MidSouth Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. MidSouth Bancorp presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.60.

In other news, Director Andrew G. Hargroder sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.00, for a total transaction of $42,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 194,142 shares in the company, valued at $2,717,988. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Clayton Paul Hilliard sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.85, for a total transaction of $64,250.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 119,785 shares in the company, valued at $1,539,237.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 26,540 shares of company stock worth $351,442. Insiders own 19.84% of the company’s stock.

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MidSouth Bancorp Company Profile

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company operates primarily through its wholly owned bank subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A. The Company is operating principally in the community banking business by providing banking services to commercial and retail customers through the Bank. The Bank is community oriented and focuses primarily on offering commercial and consumer loan and deposit services to individuals and small to middle market businesses in Louisiana, and central and east Texas.

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