Media headlines about United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Community Banks earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 37 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- United Community Banks Inc. announces date for Q2 2017 earnings release, conference call (mdjonline.com)
- United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) Given Hold Rating at Stephens (nolopodrasdejardever.com)
- $110.40 Million in Sales Expected for United Community Banks, Inc. (UCBI) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks Investment Research Downgrades United Community Banks, Inc. (UCBI) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
- United Community Banks, Inc. Announces Date for Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Release and Conference Call (feeds.benzinga.com)
Shares of United Community Banks (UCBI) traded down 0.46% on Monday, reaching $28.11. 129,541 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $2.00 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.81 and a beta of 0.88. United Community Banks has a one year low of $18.28 and a one year high of $30.47. The company’s 50 day moving average is $26.94 and its 200-day moving average is $27.90.
United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $104.83 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $104.30 million. United Community Banks had a return on equity of 10.28% and a net margin of 23.03%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.33 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that United Community Banks will post $1.62 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 15th were paid a dividend of $0.09 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 13th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.27%. This is a positive change from United Community Banks’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.08. United Community Banks’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 25.35%.
A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of United Community Banks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Stephens reissued a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on shares of United Community Banks in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Banks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $31.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Hovde Group raised shares of United Community Banks from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $31.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $30.00 price objective on shares of United Community Banks and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 10th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. United Community Banks presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $31.00.
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United Community Banks Company Profile
United Community Banks, Inc (United) is a bank holding company. United conducts its operations through a community-focused operating model of separate community banks, which, as of December 31, 2016, operated at 139 locations throughout the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, and Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan statistical areas, upstate and coastal South Carolina, north and coastal Georgia, western North Carolina, and east Tennessee.
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