Media headlines about First Business Financial Services (NASDAQ:FBIZ) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Business Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3592938472709 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Head-To-Head Contrast: First Business Financial Services (FBIZ) & BCB Bancorp, Inc. (NJ) (BCBP) (americanbankingnews.com)
- First Business Financial Services (FBIZ) Upgraded to “B-” by TheStreet (americanbankingnews.com)
- $19.69 Million in Sales Expected for First Business Financial Services, Inc. (FBIZ) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- First Command Ranked among Nation’s Top Employers of Military Vets and Spouses (businesswire.com)
Several equities analysts have commented on FBIZ shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective on shares of First Business Financial Services in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Business Financial Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Business Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of First Business Financial Services from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Tuesday.
First Business Financial Services (NASDAQ:FBIZ) traded down $0.25 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $23.15. 8,525 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 14,994. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.07, a current ratio of 1.08 and a quick ratio of 1.08. First Business Financial Services has a fifty-two week low of $20.57 and a fifty-two week high of $28.43. The firm has a market capitalization of $202.79, a P/E ratio of 17.08, a PEG ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 0.97.
First Business Financial Services (NASDAQ:FBIZ) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.30 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.14). First Business Financial Services had a net margin of 12.63% and a return on equity of 7.20%. The business had revenue of $19.22 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $20.00 million. equities research analysts anticipate that First Business Financial Services will post 1.29 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 16th. Investors of record on Monday, November 6th were paid a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 3rd. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.25%. First Business Financial Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 37.96%.
In related news, insider Charles H. Batson sold 2,300 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.10, for a total transaction of $48,530.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 27,527 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $580,819.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director John J. Harris acquired 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $22.52 per share, with a total value of $45,040.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $225,200. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 8.30% of the company’s stock.
About First Business Financial Services
First Business Financial Services, Inc (FBFS) is a bank holding company. The Company engages in the commercial banking business through its bank subsidiaries, which include First Business Bank (FBB), First Business Bank-Milwaukee (FBB-Milwaukee) and Alterra Bank (Alterra) (FBB and FBB-Milwaukee and, together with FBB, the Banks).
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