Media headlines about BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BankFinancial earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.8116422100343 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- BankFinancial (BFIN) Insider William J. Jr. Deutsch Sells 3,707 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)
- BankFinancial (BFIN) Insider Sells $162,970.41 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Is It Time To Sell BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ:BFIN) Based Off Its PE Ratio? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Expect BankFinancial (BFIN) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $15.10 Million (americanbankingnews.com)
- BankFinancial (BFIN) and E-Trade (ETFC) Financial Contrast (americanbankingnews.com)
Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on BFIN shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, May 8th. BidaskClub raised shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 27th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $17.58.
BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 30th. The bank reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $14.56 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.65 million. BankFinancial had a net margin of 16.70% and a return on equity of 6.63%. equities research analysts forecast that BankFinancial will post 0.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.
BankFinancial declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Wednesday, March 28th that allows the company to repurchase 500,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the bank to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 25th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 16th will be paid a $0.09 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 15th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.03%. This is a boost from BankFinancial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.08. BankFinancial’s payout ratio is currently 57.14%.
In other BankFinancial news, CEO F Morgan Gasior sold 35,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.24, for a total value of $603,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 102,037 shares in the company, valued at $1,759,117.88. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP James J. Brennan sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.54, for a total transaction of $82,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 88,930 shares of company stock worth $1,525,199 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 15.17% of the company’s stock.
BankFinancial Corporation operates as the holding company for BankFinancial, National Association that provides commercial, family, and personal banking products and services in Illinois. The company accepts various deposit products, such as savings, NOW, checking, money market, IRA, and other retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.
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