Media stories about Investar (NASDAQ:ISTR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Investar earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3000253084284 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Investar (NASDAQ ISTR) traded down $0.30 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $24.35. The stock had a trading volume of 3,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 16,114. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18, a current ratio of 1.01 and a quick ratio of 1.01. Investar has a one year low of $18.31 and a one year high of $25.55. The company has a market cap of $212.74, a P/E ratio of 24.85 and a beta of 0.30.

Investar (NASDAQ:ISTR) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.29 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by ($0.01). Investar had a return on equity of 5.88% and a net margin of 14.88%. equities analysts predict that Investar will post 1.1 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.0315 per share. This is an increase from Investar’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. This represents a $0.13 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.52%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 2nd. Investar’s payout ratio is currently 13.27%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Investar from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $26.00 price target on shares of Investar in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Hovde Group reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $28.00 target price on shares of Investar in a research note on Friday, December 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Investar has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $27.00.

In related news, EVP Ryan P. Finnan sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.70, for a total value of $71,100.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 15,314 shares in the company, valued at approximately $362,941.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Christopher L. Hufft sold 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.15, for a total value of $57,875.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 23,356 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $540,691.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have bought a total of 1,032 shares of company stock valued at $24,279 over the last quarter. 8.83% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Investar Company Profile

Investar Holding Corporation is financial holding company that conducts its operations through, Investar Bank (the Bank), which is a commercial bank. The Company offers a range of commercial and retail lending products throughout its market areas, including business loans to small to medium-sized businesses, as well as loans to individuals.

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