News stories about BankUnited (NYSE:BKU) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BankUnited earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.1613072522346 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

BankUnited (NYSE BKU) traded up $0.29 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $42.37. The company had a trading volume of 746,801 shares, compared to its average volume of 959,715. The company has a quick ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.96 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58. The company has a market capitalization of $4,539.67, a PE ratio of 7.59, a PEG ratio of 1.52 and a beta of 0.98. BankUnited has a 12 month low of $30.37 and a 12 month high of $43.84.

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BankUnited (NYSE:BKU) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.86 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.24. The company had revenue of $285.37 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $270.33 million. BankUnited had a return on equity of 10.83% and a net margin of 45.09%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.59 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that BankUnited will post 3.18 EPS for the current year.

BankUnited announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Tuesday, January 23rd that allows the company to repurchase $150.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

BKU has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Barclays raised their price objective on BankUnited from $46.00 to $49.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research cut BankUnited from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $46.00 price objective on shares of BankUnited in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. Hovde Group cut BankUnited from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $45.00 to $44.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Wells Fargo reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 price objective (up from $42.00) on shares of BankUnited in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $43.09.

In related news, Director Douglas J. Pauls sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.12, for a total value of $1,684,800.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 31,380 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,321,725.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Eugene F. Demark sold 2,682 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.92, for a total value of $115,111.44. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 16,000 shares in the company, valued at $686,720. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 45,487 shares of company stock worth $1,920,218 over the last three months. 2.90% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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BankUnited Company Profile

BankUnited, Inc is the bank holding company of BankUnited (the Bank). The bank is a national banking association. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank provided a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers through 94 banking centers located in 15 Florida counties and six banking centers in the New York metropolitan area.

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