News headlines about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the bank an impact score of 46.2761353328312 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) traded up 0.87% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $46.50. The stock had a trading volume of 41,050 shares. Heartland Financial USA has a 52-week low of $35.02 and a 52-week high of $52.65. The stock has a market cap of $1.39 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.25 and a beta of 0.66. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $44.67 and a 200-day moving average of $46.96.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last issued its earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The bank reported $0.81 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.73 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $100.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $103.48 million. Heartland Financial USA had a net margin of 18.38% and a return on equity of 10.48%. The company’s revenue was down 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.84 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Heartland Financial USA will post $3.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Investors of record on Friday, August 11th were paid a dividend of $0.11 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 9th. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.95%. Heartland Financial USA’s payout ratio is currently 14.47%.

Several brokerages have issued reports on HTLF. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. BidaskClub cut Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 7th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have issued a hold rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $52.67.

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Heartland Financial USA Company Profile

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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