Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) Share Price

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Media coverage about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the bank an impact score of 43.2168500645683 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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A number of brokerages recently commented on HTLF. Piper Jaffray reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research note on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, B. Riley reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $59.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $56.50.

NASDAQ HTLF traded down $1.45 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $52.05. The company had a trading volume of 98,714 shares, compared to its average volume of 135,265. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 0.77 and a quick ratio of 0.77. Heartland Financial USA has a 1-year low of $42.10 and a 1-year high of $56.40. The company has a market capitalization of $1,652.08, a PE ratio of 17.35, a P/E/G ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.70.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.80. Heartland Financial USA had a net margin of 16.16% and a return on equity of 9.64%. The company had revenue of $118.38 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $116.31 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.74 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Heartland Financial USA will post 3.85 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, Director Kurt Saylor sold 22,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.32, for a total value of $1,199,700.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Kelly J. Johnson sold 2,026 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.05, for a total transaction of $107,479.30. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 6,038 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $320,315.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 102,026 shares of company stock valued at $5,514,379 in the last 90 days. 9.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Heartland Financial USA Company Profile

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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