Media headlines about Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing 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. Union Bankshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.9142749147517 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on UBSH shares. Brean Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Union Bankshares in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Union Bankshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. Barclays started coverage on Union Bankshares in a research report on Friday, June 1st. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $44.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub raised Union Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Union Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, May 11th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $43.50.

Shares of Union Bankshares opened at $40.99 on Wednesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.78 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.46 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a current ratio of 0.94. Union Bankshares has a 52-week low of $30.45 and a 52-week high of $42.60.

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 24th. The financial services provider reported $0.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $126.06 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $122.73 million. Union Bankshares had a return on equity of 8.35% and a net margin of 15.54%. equities analysts anticipate that Union Bankshares will post 2.58 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 11th were given a $0.21 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 10th. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.05%. Union Bankshares’s payout ratio is 43.98%.

Union Bankshares Company Profile

Union Bankshares Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Union Bank & Trust that provides banking and related financial services to consumers and businesses. The company operates in two segments, Community Bank and Mortgage. It accepts various deposit products, including checking, savings, NOW, time deposit, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit and other depository services.

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