Media coverage about Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina (NASDAQ:PEBK) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.7576564306561 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina (NASDAQ PEBK) opened at 29.98 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $163.39 million, a PE ratio of 18.87 and a beta of 0.53. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $31.33 and its 200 day moving average price is $29.45. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina has a one year low of $19.80 and a one year high of $39.73.

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina (NASDAQ:PEBK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 24th. The bank reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina had a return on equity of 7.93% and a net margin of 16.28%. The business had revenue of $13.12 million for the quarter. Equities analysts predict that Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina will post $0.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, September 5th will be issued a $0.12 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 31st. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.60%.

Separately, ValuEngine upgraded Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 3rd.

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In other news, Director James S. Abernethy sold 1,000 shares of Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.05, for a total value of $31,050.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 66,557 shares in the company, valued at $2,066,594.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 10.88% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc is a holding company for Peoples Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a state-chartered commercial bank, which serves the citizens and business interests of the Catawba Valley and surrounding communities. The Bank has approximately 20 banking offices located in Lincolnton, Newton, Denver, Catawba, Conover, Maiden, Claremont, Hiddenite, Hickory, Charlotte, Monroe, Cornelius, Mooresville Raleigh and North Carolina.

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