Headlines about Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Banner Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.8986850952707 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Banner Corporation (NASDAQ BANR) traded up 0.53% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $55.41. 9,506 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a 50-day moving average of $56.33 and a 200-day moving average of $56.05. Banner Corporation has a 52-week low of $42.66 and a 52-week high of $60.97. The stock has a market cap of $1.84 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.30 and a beta of 1.05.

Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $122.18 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $119.46 million. Banner Corporation had a net margin of 19.63% and a return on equity of 7.50%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Banner Corporation will post $3.09 earnings per share for the current year.

Several brokerages recently commented on BANR. BidaskClub raised shares of Banner Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 14th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Banner Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.00.

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In other Banner Corporation news, Director Gary Sirmon sold 3,333 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.46, for a total value of $184,848.18. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders sold a total of 9,999 shares of company stock valued at $558,911 over the last 90 days. 1.71% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Banner Corporation Company Profile

Banner Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company is engaged in the business of planning, directing and coordinating the business activities of its subsidiaries, Banner Bank and Islanders Bank. Banner Bank is a Washington-chartered commercial bank. Banner Bank is a regional bank, which offers a range of commercial banking services and financial products to individuals, businesses and public sector entities in its primary market areas.

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