Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect ESSA Bancorp (ESSA) Stock Price

News headlines about ESSA Bancorp (NASDAQ:ESSA) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ESSA Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.8919889717041 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

ESSA stock opened at $14.61 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86. The company has a market cap of $167.51, a P/E ratio of 21.13 and a beta of 0.36. ESSA Bancorp has a 52 week low of $14.16 and a 52 week high of $16.80.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th were issued a dividend of $0.09 per share. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 15th.

Separately, TheStreet cut shares of ESSA Bancorp from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th.

In related news, CFO Allan A. Muto sold 11,944 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.40, for a total transaction of $171,993.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Thomas J. Grayuski sold 8,383 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.35, for a total transaction of $137,062.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 30,726 shares of company stock valued at $462,527. 8.83% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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ESSA Bancorp Company Profile

ESSA Bancorp, Inc operates as the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust that provides a range of financial services to individuals, families, and businesses in Pennsylvania. Its deposit products include savings accounts, interest bearing demand accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, club accounts, certificates of deposit and IRAs, and other qualified plan accounts, as well as commercial checking accounts for businesses.

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