Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ:OZRK)’s share price was down 1.7% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $39.41 and last traded at $39.48, with a volume of 779,059 shares. The stock had previously closed at $40.15.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on OZRK shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $46.00 price objective on shares of Bank of the Ozarks in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. Wells Fargo & Co. started coverage on Bank of the Ozarks in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. They issued a “market perform” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Bank of the Ozarks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 21st. Piper Jaffray Cos. raised Bank of the Ozarks from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $46.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, May 6th. Finally, FIG Partners raised Bank of the Ozarks from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $47.60.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $37.86 and its 200 day moving average price is $40.51. The company has a market capitalization of $3.58 billion and a P/E ratio of 17.39.

Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 11th. The financial services provider reported $0.60 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. Analysts forecast that Bank of the Ozarks Inc. will post $2.42 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 15th will be given a dividend of $0.16 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 13th. This is a positive change from Bank of the Ozarks’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.62%.

In other news, insider Dan Thomas bought 6,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $37.50 per share, with a total value of $225,000.00. Following the acquisition, the insider now owns 107,307 shares in the company, valued at $4,024,012.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Nicholas A. Brown bought 2,900 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 5th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $36.86 per share, for a total transaction of $106,894.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 8,089 shares in the company, valued at approximately $298,160.54. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Swiss National Bank boosted its stake in shares of Bank of the Ozarks by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 106,800 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $5,282,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of Bank of the Ozarks by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 227,747 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $11,264,000 after buying an additional 9,402 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in shares of Bank of the Ozarks by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 183,638 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $9,083,000 after buying an additional 5,020 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Bank of the Ozarks by 21.8% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 249,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $12,316,000 after buying an additional 44,500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, ProShare Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Bank of the Ozarks by 25.7% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 35,291 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,745,000 after buying an additional 7,220 shares during the last quarter.

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company owns an Arkansas state chartered subsidiary bank, Bank of the Ozarks. The Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking services. The Company provides mortgage lending, trust and wealth management services, treasury management services and online and mobile banking services.

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