Wintrust Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:WTFC) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Saturday. The brokerage presently has a $63.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research’s price target points to a potential upside of 12.44% from the stock’s previous close.

According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “

WTFC has been the subject of several other research reports. Sterne Agee CRT started coverage on Wintrust Financial Corp. in a report on Sunday, June 12th. They issued a “hold” rating for the company. Piper Jaffray Cos. started coverage on Wintrust Financial Corp. in a report on Friday, June 10th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $52.00 price target for the company. Finally, Hovde Group started coverage on Wintrust Financial Corp. in a report on Wednesday, August 24th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $59.00 price target for the company. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Wintrust Financial Corp. currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $53.10.

Analyst Recommendations for Wintrust Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:WTFC)

Shares of Wintrust Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:WTFC) opened at 56.03 on Friday. Wintrust Financial Corp. has a one year low of $37.96 and a one year high of $56.61. The firm has a market cap of $2.90 billion, a PE ratio of 17.88 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a 50-day moving average of $55.12 and a 200 day moving average of $51.66.

Wintrust Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:WTFC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 19th. The company reported $0.90 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.86 by $0.04. Wintrust Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 8.27% and a net margin of 16.55%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.85 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Wintrust Financial Corp. will post $3.60 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Richard B. Murphy sold 1,293 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.71, for a total transaction of $68,154.03. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 28,445 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,499,335.95. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WTFC. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its position in Wintrust Financial Corp. by 77.5% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,277 shares of the company’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 994 shares during the period. First Mercantile Trust Co. bought a new position in Wintrust Financial Corp. during the third quarter valued at approximately $167,000. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its position in Wintrust Financial Corp. by 3.3% in the second quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 3,585 shares of the company’s stock valued at $183,000 after buying an additional 116 shares during the period. Commonwealth Equity Services Inc bought a new position in Wintrust Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at approximately $200,000. Finally, Shelton Capital Management bought a new position in Wintrust Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at approximately $207,000. 91.90% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Wintrust Financial Corp.

Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its businesses through three segments: community banking, specialty finance and wealth management. The Company provides community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services to customers located in the Chicago metropolitan area and in southeastern Wisconsin through its banking subsidiaries (the banks).

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