News coverage about Enterprise Financial Services (NASDAQ:EFSC) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Enterprise Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.509100674317 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of EFSC stock traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $56.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 63,425 shares, compared to its average volume of 58,823. Enterprise Financial Services has a 1-year low of $36.65 and a 1-year high of $58.15. The stock has a market cap of $1.30 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.71, a P/E/G ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 0.76. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 1.04.

Enterprise Financial Services (NASDAQ:EFSC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 23rd. The bank reported $0.86 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.86. Enterprise Financial Services had a net margin of 25.87% and a return on equity of 13.30%. The company had revenue of $56.74 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $56.20 million. sell-side analysts predict that Enterprise Financial Services will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 14th will be paid a $0.12 dividend. This is a boost from Enterprise Financial Services’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.11. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 13th. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.86%. Enterprise Financial Services’s dividend payout ratio is currently 17.05%.

A number of analysts have weighed in on EFSC shares. BidaskClub raised shares of Enterprise Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 23rd. DA Davidson increased their price target on shares of Enterprise Financial Services to $60.00 and gave the company an “in-line” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Enterprise Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, July 27th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $56.38.

In other news, insider Douglas Bauche sold 750 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.20, for a total value of $42,150.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 2,761 shares in the company, valued at approximately $155,168.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, President Scott Richard Goodman sold 1,200 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, July 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.23, for a total transaction of $65,076.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the president now owns 41,713 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,262,095.99. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

About Enterprise Financial Services

Enterprise Financial Services Corp operates as the holding company for Enterprise Bank & Trust that offers banking and wealth management services to individuals and corporate customers. The company offers demand deposits, interest-bearing transaction accounts, money market accounts, and savings deposits, as well as certificates of deposit.

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