Home Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:HBCP) gapped up prior to trading on Friday . The stock had previously closed at $28.62, but opened at $28.74. Home Bancorp shares last traded at $28.94, with a volume of 18,127 shares.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research lowered Home Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th.

The company’s 50-day moving average is $27.57 and its 200-day moving average is $26.81. The company has a market capitalization of $211.44 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.41.

Home Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBCP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.03. On average, analysts forecast that Home Bancorp Inc. will post $2.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 4th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.38%.

In other news, Director Richard J. Bourgeois sold 6,250 shares of Home Bancorp stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.15, for a total transaction of $175,937.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Home Bancorp stock. Brandes Investment Partners LP increased its stake in Home Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:HBCP) by 9.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 96,581 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 8,370 shares during the period. Brandes Investment Partners LP owned about 1.33% of Home Bancorp worth $2,509,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Home Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company for Home Bank, N.A. (the Bank). The Bank conducts business through approximately 30 banking offices in the Greater Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Greater New Orleans and Northshore (of Lake Pontchartrain) regions of south Louisiana and the Natchez and Vicksburg regions of west Mississippi.

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