Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) Earning Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports

News coverage about Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ:PEBO) has been trending positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peoples Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the bank an impact score of 45.6757930473899 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Peoples Bancorp (NASDAQ PEBO) traded up $0.21 during trading on Friday, hitting $35.09. The stock had a trading volume of 30,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 40,465. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.82. The firm has a market capitalization of $637.87, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.75. Peoples Bancorp has a twelve month low of $29.55 and a twelve month high of $36.40.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 20th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.96%. This is an increase from Peoples Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 2nd. Peoples Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.52%.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on PEBO. BidaskClub upgraded Peoples Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. ValuEngine upgraded Peoples Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, February 3rd. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Sandler O’Neill restated a “hold” rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Peoples Bancorp in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Peoples Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $35.25.

In related news, Director Terry Thomas Sweet bought 2,000 shares of Peoples Bancorp stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $33.97 per share, with a total value of $67,940.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 4,767 shares in the company, valued at approximately $161,934.99. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 3.04% of the company’s stock.

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Peoples Bancorp Company Profile

Peoples Bancorp Inc is a financial holding company. The Company operates principally through its subsidiary, Peoples Bank. Peoples Bank’s operating subsidiaries include Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC (Peoples Insurance) and two asset management companies, PBNA, LLC and Peoples Tax Credit Equity, LLC. Peoples Investment Company has one subsidiary, Peoples Capital Corporation.

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