BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS) shares saw unusually-strong trading volume on Friday . Approximately 2,988,093 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 449% from the previous session’s volume of 543,945 shares.The stock last traded at $32.70 and had previously closed at $31.85.

A number of equities analysts have commented on BXS shares. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth in a report on Monday, October 30th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $33.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth in a report on Friday, October 20th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of BancorpSouth from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $31.00 price objective on shares of BancorpSouth in a report on Thursday, October 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. BancorpSouth has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.13.

The company has a current ratio of 0.88, a quick ratio of 0.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02. The company has a market capitalization of $2,940.23, a P/E ratio of 19.85 and a beta of 1.40.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $186.52 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $191.32 million. BancorpSouth had a return on equity of 8.97% and a net margin of 19.59%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.40 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that BancorpSouth, Inc. will post 1.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a $0.14 dividend. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.71%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. BancorpSouth’s payout ratio is 33.94%.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of BXS. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn LLC lifted its stake in BancorpSouth by 113.9% in the third quarter. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn LLC now owns 1,533,650 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $49,153,000 after buying an additional 816,760 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 50.7% during the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,181,986 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $37,883,000 after purchasing an additional 397,740 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 6.8% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 4,886,258 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $149,028,000 after purchasing an additional 310,447 shares in the last quarter. BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd bought a new stake in shares of BancorpSouth during the second quarter valued at about $6,063,000. Finally, Northern Trust Corp raised its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 8.2% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 2,583,338 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $78,792,000 after purchasing an additional 196,469 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 66.67% of the company’s stock.

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About BancorpSouth

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other.

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