Peoples Financial Services (NASDAQ:PFIS) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

Media stories about Peoples Financial Services (NASDAQ:PFIS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Peoples Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.1454031211079 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of PFIS stock traded down $0.39 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $45.53. The stock had a trading volume of 811 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,786. The stock has a market capitalization of $341.79, a PE ratio of 18.29 and a beta of 0.93. Peoples Financial Services has a one year low of $39.00 and a one year high of $51.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 0.93.

Peoples Financial Services (NASDAQ:PFIS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The financial services provider reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter. The company had revenue of $20.27 million during the quarter. Peoples Financial Services had a return on equity of 7.50% and a net margin of 20.19%.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th were paid a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.81%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. Peoples Financial Services’s dividend payout ratio is 51.41%.

Separately, BidaskClub upgraded Peoples Financial Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th.

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About Peoples Financial Services

Peoples Financial Services Corp. is a bank holding company. The Company provides a range of financial services through its subsidiary, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company (Peoples Bank), including its subsidiary, Peoples Advisors, LLC. Peoples Bank is a state-chartered bank and trust company. Peoples Advisors, LLC, provides investment advisory services through a third party to individuals and small businesses.

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