Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) Receives News Sentiment Score of 0.14

News headlines about Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Union Bankshares earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4745216417836 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on UBSH shares. ValuEngine lowered Union Bankshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Union Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 21st. Finally, Brean Capital restated a “hold” rating on shares of Union Bankshares in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $39.33.

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ UBSH) opened at $37.77 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,670.56, a P/E ratio of 20.43 and a beta of 1.27. Union Bankshares has a one year low of $29.50 and a one year high of $39.37.

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.49. The company had revenue of $88.73 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $91.68 million. Union Bankshares had a return on equity of 7.98% and a net margin of 20.02%. research analysts predict that Union Bankshares will post 1.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 27th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th were issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 10th. This is a positive change from Union Bankshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. Union Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 46.67%.

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Union Bankshares Company Profile

Union Bankshares Corporation is a financial holding company and bank holding company. The Company operates through two segments: a community bank segment and mortgage loan origination business segment. The Company offers financial services through its community bank subsidiary, Union Bank & Trust (the Bank) and three non-bank financial services affiliates.

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