Press coverage about Howard Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBMD) has been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Howard Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.7664452311498 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Howard Bancorp (HBMD) traded up $0.25 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $18.50. 10,687 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 20,703. Howard Bancorp has a 52-week low of $16.70 and a 52-week high of $24.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.95. The firm has a market cap of $181.68, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.67 and a beta of 0.01.

Howard Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBMD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 22nd. The financial services provider reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by ($0.01). Howard Bancorp had a return on equity of 5.76% and a net margin of 11.51%. The firm had revenue of $14.53 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.35 million. research analysts predict that Howard Bancorp will post 1.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of brokerages have commented on HBMD. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Howard Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Merion Capital Group upgraded shares of Howard Bancorp from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $23.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $23.00.

In other Howard Bancorp news, Director Robert J. Hartson sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.15, for a total value of $173,625.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 159,276 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,687,239.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 10.59% of the company’s stock.

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About Howard Bancorp

Howard Bancorp, Inc is the bank holding company of Howard Bank. The Company’s primary business is to own all of the capital stock of Howard Bank. The Company operates through Community Banking segment. Howard Bank is a trust company, which has approximately four operating subsidiaries. The Company offers a range of services to its customers, including wire transfer services, automated teller machine (ATM) and check cards, ATMs at all of its service branch locations, safe deposit boxes at all service locations and credit cards through a third-party processor.

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