Media coverage about Northwest Bancshares (NASDAQ:NWBI) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Northwest Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.2076257239466 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Northwest Bancshares (NWBI) traded up 0.52% during trading on Thursday, reaching $17.47. 142,190 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $16.11 and its 200 day moving average is $16.01. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.36 and a beta of 0.65. Northwest Bancshares has a 1-year low of $14.95 and a 1-year high of $19.10.

Northwest Bancshares (NASDAQ:NWBI) last posted its earnings results on Monday, July 24th. The savings and loans company reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.01. Northwest Bancshares had a return on equity of 7.45% and a net margin of 18.91%. The company had revenue of $124.21 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $116.82 million. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Northwest Bancshares will post $0.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on NWBI. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Northwest Bancshares from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, June 10th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Northwest Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have issued a hold rating to the stock. Northwest Bancshares currently has an average rating of “Sell” and an average price target of $16.67.

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In other Northwest Bancshares news, Director Philip M. Tredway sold 13,560 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.13, for a total value of $218,722.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Andrew Young sold 5,625 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.18, for a total value of $91,012.50. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 60,254 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $974,909.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Northwest Bancshares Company Profile

Northwest Bancshares, Inc (Northwest) is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s principal business consists of attracting deposits and making loans secured by various types of collateral, including real estate and other assets in the markets in which it operates. Its segments include Community Banking and Consumer Finance.

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