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BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) EVP Cathy Smith Freeman unloaded 6,844 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.65, for a total value of $168,704.60. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 11,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $271,150. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

BXS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Stephens downgraded shares of BancorpSouth from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note to investors on Friday. They now have a $26.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $27.00. Separately, analysts at Wunderlich upgraded shares of BancorpSouth from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note to investors on Friday. They now have a $30.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $26.00. Finally, analysts at Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of BancorpSouth from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note to investors on Monday, January 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. BancorpSouth presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $22.11.

Shares of BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) traded down 0.89% on Monday, hitting $24.59. 1,279,984 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. BancorpSouth has a one year low of $14.30 and a one year high of $25.54. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $24.68 and its 200-day moving average is $21.80. The company has a market cap of $2.341 billion and a P/E ratio of 28.23.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 23rd. The company reported $0.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.18 earnings per share. Analysts expect that BancorpSouth will post $1.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st. Investors of record on Friday, March 14th will be given a dividend of 0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.81%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 12th.

BancorpSouth, Inc is a financial holding company. Through its principal bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE:BXS), the Company conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri and Illinois.

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