Media stories about BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ:BFIN) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BankFinancial Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.9667461530644 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

BFIN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered BankFinancial Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 3rd. FIG Partners raised BankFinancial Corporation from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $16.00 to $17.00 in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, BidaskClub lowered BankFinancial Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st.

Shares of BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ BFIN) traded up 0.76% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $15.98. The company had a trading volume of 25,052 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $292.91 million, a PE ratio of 32.55 and a beta of 0.58. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $15.43 and its 200-day moving average is $14.89. BankFinancial Corporation has a 12-month low of $12.15 and a 12-month high of $16.36.

BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ:BFIN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The bank reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $13.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.25 million. BankFinancial Corporation had a net margin of 15.58% and a return on equity of 4.55%. On average, equities research analysts predict that BankFinancial Corporation will post $0.60 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

BankFinancial Corporation announced that its board has authorized a stock buyback plan on Friday, July 28th that permits the company to buyback 250,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the bank to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are generally an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 25th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 9th will be given a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 7th. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.75%. BankFinancial Corporation’s payout ratio is 57.14%.

In other BankFinancial Corporation news, CFO Paul A. Cloutier sold 10,000 shares of BankFinancial Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.98, for a total transaction of $149,800.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 67,991 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,018,505.18. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP James J. Brennan sold 15,000 shares of BankFinancial Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.06, for a total value of $240,900.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 73,635 shares in the company, valued at $1,182,578.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 39,239 shares of company stock worth $607,935. Insiders own 15.45% of the company’s stock.

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BankFinancial Corporation Company Profile

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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