Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:BNCL) shares reached a new 52-week high on Friday . The company traded as high as $14.54 and last traded at $14.51, with a volume of 409,454 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $14.42.

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

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $13.39 and its 200-day moving average price is $13.35. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.03 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 62.81.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.09 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. will post $0.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed an annual dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 11th. Investors of record on Monday, August 1st were paid a $0.06 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, July 28th.

In related news, CEO Gerard P. Cuddy sold 30,000 shares of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.39, for a total value of $431,700.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 38,581 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $555,180.59. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. First Trust Advisors LP boosted 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 worth $1,340,000 after buying an additional 48,680 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers boosted 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 worth $1,492,000 after buying an additional 4,640 shares during the period. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System boosted 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 worth $1,981,000 after buying an additional 40,900 shares during the period.

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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