News headlines about Waterstone Financial (NASDAQ:WSBF) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Waterstone Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.5861799868698 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Sandler O’Neill set a $19.00 target price on shares of Waterstone Financial and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Waterstone Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th.

Waterstone Financial (NASDAQ WSBF) traded up $0.35 on Monday, hitting $17.80. 56,300 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 65,400. The company has a market cap of $524.91, a P/E ratio of 16.95 and a beta of 0.08. Waterstone Financial has a one year low of $16.90 and a one year high of $20.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.58 and a quick ratio of 1.40.

Waterstone Financial (NASDAQ:WSBF) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The savings and loans company reported $0.26 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.29 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $46.09 million during the quarter. Waterstone Financial had a return on equity of 7.11% and a net margin of 15.14%.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 12th will be issued a $0.12 dividend. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.70%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 11th. Waterstone Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 45.71%.

In other news, insider Rebecca M. Arndt sold 6,000 shares of Waterstone Financial stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.79, for a total value of $118,740.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders own 12.30% of the company’s stock.

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About Waterstone Financial

Waterstone Financial, Inc is the holding company of WaterStone Bank SSB (WaterStone Bank). WaterStone Bank is a community bank. The Company operates in two segments: community banking and mortgage banking. The community banking segment provides consumer and business banking products and services. Its consumer products include loan products, deposit products, and personal investment services.

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