BancorpSouth Inc. (NYSE:BXS)’s share price traded down 2.4% on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $23.03 and last traded at $23.09, with a volume of 294,149 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $23.66.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on BXS. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of BancorpSouth in a research report on Saturday, July 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised BancorpSouth from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Hovde Group raised their price target on BancorpSouth from $21.50 to $25.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on BancorpSouth from $24.00 to $23.50 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, July 7th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada raised their price target on BancorpSouth from $25.00 to $26.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.64.

The stock has a market cap of $2.19 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.78. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $22.63 and a 200-day moving average price of $21.81.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 20th. The company reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.39. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.41 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that BancorpSouth Inc. will post $1.56 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 15th were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, June 13th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.72%.

A number of large investors have modified their holdings of the company. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 5.7% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,408,828 shares of the company’s stock valued at $57,788,000 after buying an additional 129,801 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 506,912 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,161,000 after buying an additional 4,422 shares during the period. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 59,595 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,430,000 after buying an additional 1,474 shares during the period. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 51.4% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 56,165 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,346,000 after buying an additional 19,058 shares during the period. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. boosted its stake in shares of BancorpSouth by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 1,459,542 shares of the company’s stock valued at $35,014,000 after buying an additional 60,424 shares during the period.

BancorpSouth, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company through its principal bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank (the Bank), conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri and Illinois. The Bank and its subsidiaries provide a range of financial services to individuals and small-to-medium size businesses.

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