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

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

The firm has a market capitalization of $1.02 billion and a P/E ratio of 62.08. The company has a 50-day moving average of $13.22 and a 200-day moving average of $13.29.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) last issued its earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.04. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.09 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. will post $0.41 earnings per share for the current year.

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

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of BNCL. First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in shares of 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. Russell Frank Co increased its position in shares of 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. Rhumbline Advisers increased its position in shares of 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. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of 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.

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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