Media headlines about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a coverage optimism score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 72 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) traded down 0.53% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $46.70. 55,623 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $1.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.11 and a beta of 0.65. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $46.81 and a 200-day moving average price of $47.74. Heartland Financial USA has a one year low of $35.02 and a one year high of $52.65.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The bank reported $0.81 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.08. Heartland Financial USA had a net margin of 18.38% and a return on equity of 10.71%. The firm had revenue of $100.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $103.48 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.84 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Heartland Financial USA will post $2.92 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Investors of record on Friday, August 11th will be paid a $0.11 dividend. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.94%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 9th. Heartland Financial USA’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 14.47%.

A number of research analysts recently commented on the stock. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “mkt perform” rating and issued a $52.00 price target (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. BidaskClub raised shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. DA Davidson downgraded shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research report on Thursday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have given a hold rating to the stock. Heartland Financial USA has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $52.67.

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In other news, CEO Lynn B. Fuller purchased 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 2nd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $44.60 per share, for a total transaction of $44,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director R Michael Mccoy purchased 2,030 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $44.67 per share, with a total value of $90,680.10. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 9.00% of the company’s stock.

Heartland Financial USA Company Profile

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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