News stories about WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. 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. WesBanco earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.8065358323168 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of WesBanco (WSBC) opened at $41.44 on Monday. WesBanco has a 1-year low of $34.81 and a 1-year high of $43.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,820.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 1.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.89 and a quick ratio of 0.89.

WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.66 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.04. WesBanco had a return on equity of 7.83% and a net margin of 22.43%. The business had revenue of $96.12 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $98.48 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.59 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that WesBanco will post 2.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th were issued a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 7th. WesBanco’s dividend payout ratio is 48.60%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on WSBC. BidaskClub cut WesBanco from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday. Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of WesBanco in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research cut WesBanco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $46.00 target price for the company. in a report on Saturday, January 13th. DA Davidson set a $48.00 target price on WesBanco and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, B. Riley set a $40.00 target price on WesBanco and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. WesBanco presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $43.00.

In other WesBanco news, Director F Eric Nelson, Jr. sold 12,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.06, for a total value of $525,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 29,717 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,249,897.02. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 4.05% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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WesBanco Company Profile

WesBanco, Inc (WesBanco) is a bank holding company. The Company offers a range of financial services, including retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust services, brokerage services, mortgage banking and insurance. WesBanco offers its services through two segments: community banking, which offers services, such as commercial demand, individual demand and time deposit accounts, as well as commercial, mortgage and individual installment loans, and trust and investment services, which offers trust services, as well as various alternative investment products, including mutual funds.

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