Headlines about Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Great Western Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.1745990585048 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a report on Thursday, December 21st. ValuEngine raised shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, December 4th. Deutsche Bank upped their price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp from $43.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, B. Riley lowered shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $44.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $45.40.
Shares of Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) opened at $42.98 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 1.02. Great Western Bancorp has a 12 month low of $33.27 and a 12 month high of $45.62. The company has a market cap of $2,531.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.47, a PEG ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 1.69.
Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The bank reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.03. Great Western Bancorp had a net margin of 29.09% and a return on equity of 8.45%. The company had revenue of $116.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $117.75 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.57 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Great Western Bancorp will post 2.81 earnings per share for the current year.
In other news, insider Kenneth James Karels sold 24,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.09, for a total value of $986,160.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 53,702 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,206,615.18. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Peter Robert Chapman sold 2,265 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.57, for a total transaction of $91,891.05. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 16,964 shares in the company, valued at approximately $688,229.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 43,225 shares of company stock worth $1,787,517. Insiders own 0.23% of the company’s stock.
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About Great Western Bancorp
Great Western Bancorp, Inc is a full-service regional bank holding company. The Company is the holding company of the Great Western Bank (the Bank). As of September 30, 2016, the Company served customers through 173 branches in various markets in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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