Media headlines about Peoples Financial Services Corp. (NASDAQ:PFIS) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peoples Financial Services Corp. earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.1279667812846 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Separately, BidaskClub raised shares of Peoples Financial Services Corp. from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th.

Shares of Peoples Financial Services Corp. (PFIS) traded down 1.19% during trading on Friday, hitting $46.59. 4,534 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a 50-day moving average of $43.95 and a 200-day moving average of $42.65. Peoples Financial Services Corp. has a 12-month low of $38.71 and a 12-month high of $50.54. The company has a market cap of $344.58 million, a P/E ratio of 17.00 and a beta of 0.95.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 31st were issued a $0.32 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.77%. This is a positive change from Peoples Financial Services Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. Peoples Financial Services Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 46.72%.

In related news, EVP Thomas P. Tulaney sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.98, for a total value of $171,920.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 9,678 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $415,960.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 8.30% of the company’s stock.

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Peoples Financial Services Corp. Company Profile

Peoples Financial Services Corp. is a bank holding company. The Company provides a range of financial services through its subsidiary, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company (Peoples Bank), including its subsidiary, Peoples Advisors, LLC. Peoples Bank is a state-chartered bank and trust company. Peoples Advisors, LLC, provides investment advisory services through a third party to individuals and small businesses.

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