Media coverage about MutualFirst Financial (NASDAQ:MFSF) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. The research group, a unit of Accern, rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MutualFirst Financial earned a news impact score of 0.20 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned headlines about the bank an impact score of 78 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

Separately, Zacks Investment Research cut MutualFirst Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th.

Shares of MutualFirst Financial (NASDAQ:MFSF) traded down 0.48% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $31.35. The company had a trading volume of 5,169 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $230.23 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.81 and a beta of 0.34. MutualFirst Financial has a one year low of $24.55 and a one year high of $36.75. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $31.47 and its 200-day moving average price is $30.33.

MutualFirst Financial (NASDAQ:MFSF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 1st. The bank reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $16.04 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $15.85 million. MutualFirst Financial had a return on equity of 9.33% and a net margin of 18.08%. Analysts predict that MutualFirst Financial will post $1.73 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 24th. Investors of record on Friday, March 10th were given a dividend of $0.16 per share. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.04%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 8th. MutualFirst Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 36.36%.

In related news, Director Michael J. Marien sold 1,234 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.53, for a total transaction of $40,142.02. Following the sale, the director now owns 75,703 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,462,618.59. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Michael J. Marien sold 8,263 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.84, for a total value of $263,093.92. Following the sale, the director now owns 68,119 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,168,908.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 20,040 shares of company stock worth $637,778 in the last three months. 22.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About MutualFirst Financial

MutualFirst Financial, Inc (MutualFirst) is the bank holding company of MutualBank (MutualBank or the Bank). The Bank offers financial services through approximately 30 full service retail financial center offices in Allen, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, Saint Joseph and Wabash counties in Indiana.

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