Media headlines about Poage Bankshares (NASDAQ:PBSK) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 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. Poage Bankshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.8563617623685 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Poage Bankshares (PBSK) traded down $0.44 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $19.00. The company had a trading volume of 219 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,564. The company has a quick ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $68.48, a P/E ratio of 46.34 and a beta of -0.08. Poage Bankshares has a 1-year low of $17.20 and a 1-year high of $21.00.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 1st. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.26%. Poage Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 58.54%.

Poage Bankshares announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Wednesday, December 6th that permits the company to buyback 180,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the savings and loans company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

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Poage Bankshares Company Profile

Poage Bankshares, Inc is a holding company for Town Square Bank (Town Square). Town Square is a federal savings association. The Company operates in banking segment. Town Square’s business consists of accepting savings accounts, checking accounts and certificates of deposits from the general public and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations and borrowings, primarily in first lien one-to-four-family mortgage loans, commercial and multi-family real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans consumer loans, consisting primarily of automobile loans and home equity loans and lines of credit, and construction loans.

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