Headlines about JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) have trended positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. JMP Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3467303986232 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) opened at $5.31 on Monday. JMP Group has a 12 month low of $5.13 and a 12 month high of $7.70. The firm has a market cap of $114.09, a PE ratio of -8.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.31, a current ratio of 3.25 and a quick ratio of 3.25.

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The financial services provider reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $30.32 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $31.70 million. JMP Group had a negative net margin of 14.48% and a positive return on equity of 3.60%. sell-side analysts anticipate that JMP Group will post 0.32 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.03 per share. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 6.78%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th. JMP Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -56.25%.

JMP Group announced that its board has authorized a share buyback program on Wednesday, December 13th that allows the company to buyback 1,000,000 shares. This buyback authorization allows the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of JMP Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $5.75 target price on shares of JMP Group in a research note on Thursday, January 11th.

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About JMP Group

JMP Group LLC, formerly JMP Group, Inc, is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm. The Company operates in five segments: Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, Corporate Credit, Investment Income and Corporate Costs. The Broker-Dealer segment includes a range of services, such as underwriting and acting as a placement agent for public and private capital markets raising transactions and financial advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other strategic transactions.

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