Press coverage about Peoples Financial Services Corp. (NASDAQ:PFIS) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peoples Financial Services Corp. earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.8923813389469 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Peoples Financial Services Corp. (PFIS) opened at 42.06 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $311.08 million, a P/E ratio of 15.32 and a beta of 0.90. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $43.27 and a 200-day moving average price of $42.61. Peoples Financial Services Corp. has a one year low of $38.19 and a one year high of $50.54.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 31st will be paid a $0.32 dividend. This is a boost from Peoples Financial Services Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 29th. Peoples Financial Services Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 45.26%.

Peoples Financial Services Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Monday, May 1st that authorizes the company to repurchase 230,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

Separately, BidaskClub downgraded Peoples Financial Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th.

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In other news, EVP Thomas P. Tulaney sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.98, for a total value of $171,920.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 9,678 shares in the company, valued at $415,960.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 8.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Peoples Financial Services Corp. Company Profile

Peoples Financial Services Corp. is a bank holding company. The Company provides a range of financial services through its subsidiary, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company (Peoples Bank), including its subsidiary, Peoples Advisors, LLC. Peoples Bank is a state-chartered bank and trust company. Peoples Advisors, LLC, provides investment advisory services through a third party to individuals and small businesses.

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