Press coverage about American National Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMNB) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. American National Bankshares earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.4738246419833 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of American National Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMNB) opened at $39.00 on Friday. American National Bankshares has a one year low of $30.30 and a one year high of $42.99. The company has a current ratio of 0.92, a quick ratio of 0.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18. The stock has a market capitalization of $337.25, a P/E ratio of 19.60 and a beta of 0.74.

American National Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMNB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.03. American National Bankshares had a return on equity of 8.39% and a net margin of 23.04%. The firm had revenue of $18.14 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $17.56 million. analysts anticipate that American National Bankshares will post 2.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. American National Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio is currently 48.24%.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods lowered American National Bankshares from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. ValuEngine lowered American National Bankshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Raymond James Financial, Inc. reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of American National Bankshares in a research note on Friday, October 20th. National Bank Financial lowered American National Bankshares to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised American National Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, September 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. American National Bankshares currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $41.00.

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In other American National Bankshares news, Director Charles H. Majors sold 907 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.50, for a total transaction of $35,826.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 54,902 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,168,629. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Charles H. Majors sold 1,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.51, for a total value of $71,118.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 55,786 shares in the company, valued at $2,204,104.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 2,807 shares of company stock valued at $110,945 over the last three months. 6.39% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About American National Bankshares

American National Bankshares Inc is a one-bank holding company. American National Bank and Trust Company (the Bank) is the only banking subsidiary of the Company. The Company operates through two segments: community banking, and trust and investment services. The Community banking segment involves making loans to and generating deposits from individuals and businesses.

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