News stories about Ames National (NASDAQ:ATLO) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ames National earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.2661424268541 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Ames National (NASDAQ:ATLO) remained flat at $$29.65 during trading hours on Friday. The company had a trading volume of 8,866 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,199. Ames National has a 1 year low of $26.60 and a 1 year high of $33.00. The firm has a market cap of $276.07, a P/E ratio of 18.53 and a beta of 0.69.

Ames National announced that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, November 9th that permits the company to repurchase 100,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the financial services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 1st will be paid a $0.22 dividend. This represents a $0.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.97%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 31st. Ames National’s payout ratio is 55.00%.

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About Ames National

Ames National Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company operates through banking segment. The Company owns five banking subsidiaries consisting of two national banks and three state-chartered banks. All of its operations are conducted in the State of Iowa and primarily within the central and north central Iowa counties of Boone, Hancock, Marshall, Polk and Story where the Company’s banking subsidiaries are located.

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