Headlines about Provident Financial (NASDAQ:PROV) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Provident Financial earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.3383431438853 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Provident Financial (PROV) traded up $0.07 during trading on Friday, reaching $18.48. 5,600 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 14,346. The company has a current ratio of 1.15, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. Provident Financial has a 52 week low of $17.62 and a 52 week high of $20.35. The firm has a market cap of $140.09, a P/E ratio of 45.07 and a beta of -0.01.

Provident Financial (NASDAQ:PROV) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.21 by ($0.04). Provident Financial had a net margin of 4.82% and a return on equity of 3.84%. The business had revenue of $15.47 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $16.70 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th were given a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 13th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.03%. Provident Financial’s payout ratio is presently 136.59%.

In related news, Director Roy Taylor sold 10,212 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.03, for a total value of $194,334.36. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Lilian Brunner-Salter sold 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.17, for a total transaction of $172,530.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 20,382 shares of company stock worth $389,126. Corporate insiders own 12.74% of the company’s stock.

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Provident Financial Company Profile

Provident Financial Holdings, Inc is the holding company of Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B. (the Bank). The Bank is a federally chartered stock savings bank. The Company operates through two segments: Provident Bank and Provident Bank Mortgage (PBM). The Bank’s operations primarily consist of accepting deposits from customers within the communities surrounding the Bank’s full service offices and investing those funds in single-family loans, multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, commercial business loans, consumer loans and other mortgage loans.

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