Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:BNCL) saw strong trading volume on Thursday . 368,756 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 22% from the previous session’s volume of 474,101 shares.The stock last traded at $12.45 and had previously closed at $12.47.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Sandler O’Neill cut Beneficial Mutual Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 25th. TheStreet upgraded Beneficial Mutual Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 10th.

The company has a market capitalization of $962.69 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 43.59. The company has a 50 day moving average of $13.28 and a 200-day moving average of $13.24.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) last posted its earnings results on Friday, April 22nd. The company reported $0.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.07 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. will post $0.31 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 16.9% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,671,771 shares of the company’s stock worth $35,588,000 after buying an additional 386,645 shares during the period. Patriot Financial Partners GP LP raised its stake in shares of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 16.2% in the fourth quarter. Patriot Financial Partners GP LP now owns 1,283,708 shares of the company’s stock worth $17,099,000 after buying an additional 178,571 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 37.9% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 148,696 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,981,000 after buying an additional 40,900 shares during the period. Chicago Equity Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp during the fourth quarter worth $4,914,000. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers raised its stake in shares of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 112,031 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,492,000 after buying an additional 4,640 shares during the period.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s business activities are the ownership of Beneficial Bank (the Bank). The Bank has also operated under the name Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank. The Bank is a Pennsylvania chartered savings bank. It attracts deposits from the general public and uses those funds to originate a variety of loans, including commercial real estate loans, consumer loans, home equity loans, one- to four-family real estate loans, commercial business loans and construction loans.

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