Zacks Investment Research cut shares of StoneCastle Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:BANX) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning.

According to Zacks, “StoneCastle Financial Corp. is a closed-end investment company. It invests in community banks located throughout the United States. The Company’s primary investment objective is to provide stockholders with current income, and to a lesser extent, capital appreciation, through preferred equity, subordinated debt and common equity investments predominantly in U.S. domiciled community banks. StoneCastle Financial Corp. is based in United States. “

Separately, National Securities restated a buy rating and issued a $21.00 price objective on shares of StoneCastle Financial Corp. in a report on Tuesday, August 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $20.75.

StoneCastle Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:BANX) remained flat at $18.40 during midday trading on Wednesday. The company’s 50 day moving average is $18.57 and its 200-day moving average is $18.08. StoneCastle Financial Corp. has a 12 month low of $13.81 and a 12 month high of $19.36.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 30th. Investors of record on Tuesday, September 27th were given a dividend of $0.37 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 23rd. This represents a $1.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.04%. StoneCastle Financial Corp.’s payout ratio is 125.42%.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Clear Harbor Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in StoneCastle Financial Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $184,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP bought a new position in StoneCastle Financial Corp. during the second quarter worth about $290,000. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. boosted its position in StoneCastle Financial Corp. by 10.7% in the second quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 24,901 shares of the investment management company’s stock worth $457,000 after buying an additional 2,400 shares in the last quarter. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its position in StoneCastle Financial Corp. by 16.5% in the second quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 36,635 shares of the investment management company’s stock worth $672,000 after buying an additional 5,198 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Securities LLC boosted its position in StoneCastle Financial Corp. by 79.7% in the first quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 62,130 shares of the investment management company’s stock worth $1,075,000 after buying an additional 27,555 shares in the last quarter. 28.61% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About StoneCastle Financial Corp.

StoneCastle Financial Corp. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s primary investment objective is to provide stockholders with current income, and to a lesser extent capital appreciation. The Company generally invests in the senior debt, subordinated debt, preferred shares and common stock of community banks.

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