Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ:OZRK) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Wednesday . 1,949,385 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 6% from the previous session’s volume of 2,064,807 shares.The stock last traded at $38.28 and had previously closed at $39.36.

A number of research analysts recently commented on OZRK shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Bank of the Ozarks from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 price objective on shares of Bank of the Ozarks in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Wells Fargo & Co. started coverage on shares of Bank of the Ozarks in a research report on Thursday, June 23rd. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. FIG Partners raised shares of Bank of the Ozarks from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. raised shares of Bank of the Ozarks from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $46.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 6th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Bank of the Ozarks presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.60.

The firm has a market capitalization of $3.41 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.55. The company has a 50 day moving average of $37.86 and a 200-day moving average of $40.48.

Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 11th. The financial services provider reported $0.60 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Bank of the Ozarks Inc. will post $2.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 15th will be given a $0.16 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 13th. This is an increase from Bank of the Ozarks’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.70%.

In other Bank of the Ozarks news, Director William A. Koefoed bought 1,000 shares of Bank of the Ozarks stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 28th. The stock was bought at an average price of $41.78 per share, with a total value of $41,780.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 1,589 shares in the company, valued at approximately $66,388.42. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Ross M. Whipple bought 120,000 shares of Bank of the Ozarks stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 4th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $37.78 per share, with a total value of $4,533,600.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 74,975 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,832,555.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Several large investors have made changes to their positions in OZRK. 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 increased its position in 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 period. ProShare Advisors LLC increased its position in 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 period. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased its position in Bank of the Ozarks by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 99,628 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $4,928,000 after buying an additional 1,465 shares during the period. Finally, BOKF NA bought a new position in Bank of the Ozarks during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,462,000.

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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