News stories about Umpqua (NASDAQ:UMPQ) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Umpqua earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.8656606994641 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Oregon sheriff linked to Sandy Hook conspiracy theory apologizes for leaked photo that showed him naked from the waist down, with only a ‘Lit Saturday’ sticker covering his … (dailymail.co.uk)
- Sheriff Who Promoted Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Allegedly Targeted by Revenge Porn (gizmodo.com)
- Jake Taylor named LCSC baseball coach (swxrightnow.com)
- Photographers, other artists show work (times-standard.com)
- Douglas County Male Prep Athlete of the Week: Ethan Dirksen (nrtoday.com)
UMPQ has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Hovde Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $22.50 price objective on shares of Umpqua in a research note on Tuesday, February 6th. Barclays boosted their price objective on Umpqua from $20.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Umpqua from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $25.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 12th. ValuEngine raised Umpqua from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Wedbush raised Umpqua from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $25.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $22.20.
Umpqua (NASDAQ:UMPQ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The bank reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.29 by $0.09. Umpqua had a return on equity of 5.92% and a net margin of 20.30%. The business had revenue of $292.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $293.80 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.27 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Umpqua will post 1.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd were paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.68%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 29th. This is a positive change from Umpqua’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. Umpqua’s dividend payout ratio is 74.77%.
In other news, CFO Ron L. Farnsworth sold 5,795 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.45, for a total transaction of $124,302.75. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 188,809 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,049,953.05. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.
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Umpqua Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides commercial and retail banking, and retail brokerage services. It operates through four segments: Commercial Bank, Wealth Management, Retail Bank, and Home Lending. The company offers deposit products, including non-interest bearing checking, interest bearing checking and savings, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.
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