Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.5611421584213 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ HTLF) traded down 0.23% on Friday, hitting $44.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 274,331 shares. The company has a market cap of $1.32 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.43 and a beta of 0.66. Heartland Financial USA has a 52 week low of $35.02 and a 52 week high of $52.65. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $44.77 and its 200-day moving average is $47.09.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The bank reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.08. Heartland Financial USA had a net margin of 18.38% and a return on equity of 10.48%. The firm had revenue of $100.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $103.48 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.84 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Heartland Financial USA will post $3.02 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 11th were given a dividend of $0.11 per share. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.00%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 9th. Heartland Financial USA’s payout ratio is 14.47%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on HTLF shares. BidaskClub lowered Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 23rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 price target on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have given a hold rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $52.67.

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Heartland Financial USA Company Profile

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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