Press coverage about Fulton Financial (NASDAQ:FULT) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog 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. Fulton Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.7172070329364 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of Fulton Financial (FULT) traded down $0.20 on Friday, reaching $18.10. 691,873 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 851,891. The company has a quick ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The company has a market capitalization of $3,195.98, a PE ratio of 17.72 and a beta of 1.17. Fulton Financial has a twelve month low of $16.45 and a twelve month high of $19.90.

Fulton Financial (NASDAQ:FULT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The bank reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $194.19 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $200.00 million. Fulton Financial had a net margin of 21.15% and a return on equity of 8.28%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.24 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Fulton Financial will post 1.05 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a special dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be given a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. This represents a yield of 2.42%. This is a boost from Fulton Financial’s previous special dividend of $0.02. Fulton Financial’s dividend payout ratio is 42.72%.

Several analysts recently weighed in on FULT shares. BidaskClub cut shares of Fulton Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 12th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $20.00 price objective on shares of Fulton Financial in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Fulton Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective on shares of Fulton Financial in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective on shares of Fulton Financial in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. Fulton Financial has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $18.60.

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About Fulton Financial

Fulton Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company is the bank holding company of Fulton Bank N.A. (the Bank). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s six subsidiary banks were located primarily in suburban or semi-rural geographic markets throughout a five-state region (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia).

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