ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CNOB) saw unusually-high trading volume on Thursday . Approximately 120,242 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 72% from the previous session’s volume of 70,001 shares.The stock last traded at $16.34 and had previously closed at $16.24.

CNOB has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised ConnectOne Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, May 3rd. FBR & Co initiated coverage on ConnectOne Bancorp in a research report on Wednesday, June 1st. They set an “outperform” rating and a $21.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $21.25.

The company has a market cap of $497.35 million and a P/E ratio of 12.12. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $15.77 and a 200 day moving average price of $16.26.

ConnectOne Bancorp (NASDAQ:CNOB) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.36 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.08. On average, equities analysts expect that ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. will post $1.42 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 1st. Investors of record on Monday, July 18th will be paid a $0.075 dividend. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 14th.

In other ConnectOne Bancorp news, Director Nicholas Minoia purchased 1,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 3rd. The stock was purchased at an average price of $16.92 per share, for a total transaction of $25,380.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 22,607 shares in the company, valued at $382,510.44. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Frank Sorrentino III sold 6,095 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.01, for a total transaction of $97,580.95. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 559,886 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,963,774.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company of ConnectOne Bank (the Bank), a New Jersey-chartered commercial bank. The Company operates in community bank segment. The Bank offers a range of deposit and loan products, and services to the general public, small and middle-sized businesses, local professionals, and individuals residing, working and conducting business in its trade area.

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