Shares of Wintrust Financial Corp (NASDAQ:WTFC) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eleven analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $93.57.

WTFC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Wintrust Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Saturday, December 1st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Wintrust Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, December 7th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Wintrust Financial from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, January 7th.

In other news, insider Timothy Crane sold 2,097 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.82, for a total transaction of $152,703.54. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 18,433 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,342,291.06. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Thomas P. Zidar sold 3,482 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.62, for a total transaction of $252,862.84. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 31,016 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,252,381.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.57% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of WTFC. OLD Second National Bank of Aurora lifted its stake in Wintrust Financial by 100.0% in the 4th quarter. OLD Second National Bank of Aurora now owns 400 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Huntington National Bank lifted its stake in Wintrust Financial by 43,700.0% in the 4th quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 438 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $29,000 after purchasing an additional 437 shares during the last quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC acquired a new stake in Wintrust Financial in the 4th quarter valued at about $33,000. Private Capital Group LLC lifted its stake in Wintrust Financial by 1,251.0% in the 4th quarter. Private Capital Group LLC now owns 689 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $46,000 after purchasing an additional 638 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank acquired a new stake in Wintrust Financial in the 4th quarter valued at about $74,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.04% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NASDAQ WTFC opened at $67.33 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.49, a P/E/G ratio of 0.76 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a current ratio of 0.99 and a quick ratio of 0.98. Wintrust Financial has a 1-year low of $61.53 and a 1-year high of $99.96.

Wintrust Financial (NASDAQ:WTFC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 22nd. The bank reported $1.35 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by ($0.22). Wintrust Financial had a return on equity of 11.36% and a net margin of 22.47%. The business had revenue of $329.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $344.46 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.17 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts expect that Wintrust Financial will post 6.59 earnings per share for the current year.

About Wintrust Financial

Wintrust Financial Corporation operates as a financial holding company in the Chicago metropolitan area, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana. It operates in three segments: Community Banking, Specialty Finance, and Wealth Management. The Community Banking segment offers non-interest bearing deposits, non-brokered interest-bearing transaction accounts, and savings and domestic time deposits; home equity, consumer, and real estate loans; safe deposit facilities; and automatic teller machine (ATM), Internet banking, and other services.

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