JMP Group (JMP) Earns Daily News Sentiment Score of 0.57

Media coverage about JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. JMP Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.57 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected JMP Group’s ranking:

Shares of JMP opened at $4.59 on Friday. JMP Group has a one year low of $4.48 and a one year high of $5.72. The stock has a market capitalization of $102.65 million, a PE ratio of 22.95, a PEG ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.66. The company has a quick ratio of 2.64, a current ratio of 2.64 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 11.92.

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The financial services provider reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.12 by ($0.04). JMP Group had a negative net margin of 2.51% and a positive return on equity of 6.74%. The firm had revenue of $33.25 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $41.30 million. On average, research analysts forecast that JMP Group will post 0.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 30th will be given a $0.03 dividend. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 29th. JMP Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 180.00%.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on JMP shares. Barrington Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $8.00 target price on shares of JMP Group in a research report on Thursday, October 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of JMP Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. JMP Group has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $6.42.

In other news, CEO Joseph A. Jolson acquired 6,700 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 26th. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.94 per share, with a total value of $33,098.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 77,026 shares in the company, valued at approximately $380,508.44. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Joseph A. Jolson bought 30,766 shares of JMP Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 15th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $5.05 per share, with a total value of $155,368.30. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 77,026 shares in the company, valued at approximately $388,981.30. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders bought 233,257 shares of company stock valued at $1,170,654. Insiders own 52.75% of the company’s stock.

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JMP Group Company Profile

JMP Group LLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment banking, sales and trading, equity research, and asset management products and services in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, and Corporate. The Broker-Dealer segment offers various services, such as underwriting and acting as a placement agent for public and private capital markets raising transactions; and financial advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and other strategic transactions.

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