Press coverage about JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing 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. JMP Group earned a news impact score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.7104274365605 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

JMP Group (JMP) opened at $5.52 on Tuesday. JMP Group has a 1 year low of $5.20 and a 1 year high of $7.70. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.31, a current ratio of 3.25 and a quick ratio of 3.25. The firm has a market cap of $119.02, a price-to-earnings ratio of -8.63, a P/E/G ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.80.

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The financial services provider reported $0.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.06 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $32.03 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.90 million. JMP Group had a negative net margin of 11.87% and a positive return on equity of 2.90%. equities analysts anticipate that JMP Group will post 0.1 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.52%. JMP Group’s payout ratio is currently -56.25%.

JMP Group announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, December 13th that authorizes the company to buyback 1,000,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

JMP has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on shares of JMP Group in a research report on Monday, October 16th. They issued a “mkt perform” rating and a $5.75 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of JMP Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th.

In related news, Director Thomas Rowe Wright bought 12,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $5.33 per share, for a total transaction of $66,625.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 363,636 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,938,179.88. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 52.11% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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JMP Group Company Profile

JMP Group LLC, formerly JMP Group, Inc, is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm. The Company operates in five segments: Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, Corporate Credit, Investment Income and Corporate Costs. The Broker-Dealer segment includes a range of services, such as underwriting and acting as a placement agent for public and private capital markets raising transactions and financial advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other strategic transactions.

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