Media stories about Provident Financial Holdings (NASDAQ:PROV) have been trending positive on Tuesday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research firm, a unit of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Provident Financial Holdings earned a coverage optimism score of 0.28 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One’s rankings:

PROV has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. TheStreet upgraded Provident Financial Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd. Hovde Group initiated coverage on Provident Financial Holdings in a report on Tuesday, April 11th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $20.00 price target for the company. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $19.50.

Provident Financial Holdings (NASDAQ:PROV) traded down 0.32% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $18.60. The stock had a trading volume of 13,554 shares. The firm has a market cap of $147.91 million, a PE ratio of 21.31 and a beta of 0.13. The company’s 50-day moving average is $18.67 and its 200 day moving average is $19.25. Provident Financial Holdings has a 52 week low of $16.92 and a 52 week high of $20.66.

Provident Financial Holdings (NASDAQ:PROV) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.08. Provident Financial Holdings had a return on equity of 5.34% and a net margin of 9.19%. The firm had revenue of $16.92 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $20.45 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.11 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Provident Financial Holdings will post $0.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider David Weiant sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.70, for a total transaction of $374,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 15.71% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Provident Financial Holdings Company Profile

Provident Financial Holdings, Inc is the holding company of Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B. (the Bank). The Bank is a federally chartered stock savings bank. The Company operates through two segments: Provident Bank and Provident Bank Mortgage (PBM). The Bank’s operations primarily consist of accepting deposits from customers within the communities surrounding the Bank’s full service offices and investing those funds in single-family loans, multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, commercial business loans, consumer loans and other mortgage loans.

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