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 $14.54 and last traded at $14.51, with a volume of 409,454 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $14.42.

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

The company has a market capitalization of $1.03 billion and a P/E ratio of 62.81. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $13.39 and its 200-day moving average is $13.35.

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCL) last released its earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.09 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. will post $0.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced 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 completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 38,581 shares in the company, valued at approximately $555,180.59. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp stock. First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:BNCL) by 93.8% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 100,585 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 48,680 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP owned 0.12% of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp worth $1,340,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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.