BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BancFirst earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.819064353361 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Several analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of BancFirst from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BancFirst from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th.

Shares of BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) traded down $0.40 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $54.75. 37,353 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 54,011. BancFirst has a one year low of $42.50 and a one year high of $61.05. The firm has a market cap of $1,690.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.74, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.78 and a beta of 0.55. The company has a quick ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be issued a $0.21 dividend. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. BancFirst’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 31.82%.

In related news, major shareholder Banking Ltd Ptnrshp R sold 10,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.38, for a total value of $603,266.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 10,989,300 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $619,576,734. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director H E. Rainbolt acquired 500 shares of BancFirst stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 11th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $53.75 per share, with a total value of $26,875.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 606 shares in the company, valued at $32,572.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 18,741 shares of company stock valued at $1,051,262. Company insiders own 42.32% of the company’s stock.

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BancFirst Company Profile

BancFirst Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its operating activities through its principal subsidiary, BancFirst (the Bank), a state-chartered bank. It has four business units, which include metropolitan banks, community banks, other financial services, and executive, operations and support.

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