Shares of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:BNCL) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $14.43 and last traded at $14.40, with a volume of 405,471 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $13.98.

Separately, Sandler O’Neill lowered Beneficial Mutual Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 25th.

The stock has a market capitalization of $1.02 billion and a PE ratio of 62.08. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $13.18 and its 200 day moving average is $13.28.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.04. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.09 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. will post $0.41 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared an annual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 28th.

Several institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 112,031 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,492,000 after buying an additional 4,640 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its position in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 37.9% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 148,696 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,981,000 after buying an additional 40,900 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its position in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 93.8% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 100,585 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,340,000 after buying an additional 48,680 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Russell Frank Co boosted its position in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp by 48.0% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 166,457 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,232,000 after buying an additional 53,983 shares in the last quarter.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s business activities are the ownership of Beneficial Bank (the Bank). The Bank has also operated under the name Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank. The Bank is a Pennsylvania chartered savings bank. It attracts deposits from the general public and uses those funds to originate a variety of loans, including commercial real estate loans, consumer loans, home equity loans, one- to four-family real estate loans, commercial business loans and construction loans.

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