Shares of 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 traded.

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

The stock has a market capitalization of $211.44 million and a P/E ratio of 14.41. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $27.57 and a 200-day moving average price of $26.81.

Home Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBCP) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.53 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.56 by $0.03. Analysts expect 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 $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 4th.

In other news, Director Richard J. Bourgeois sold 6,250 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.15, for a total value of $175,937.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

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 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 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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