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Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, January 27th, American Banking News.com reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 5th will be given a dividend of 0.24 per share on Friday, March 14th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.72%.

HBHC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Hancock Holding in a research note to investors on Monday, December 30th. They now have a $38.50 price target on the stock. On the ratings front, analysts at Wunderlich upgraded shares of Hancock Holding from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note to investors on Thursday, December 12th. They now have a $41.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $40.00. Finally, analysts at Wunderlich raised their price target on shares of Hancock Holding from $35.00 to $40.00 in a research note to investors on Wednesday, December 4th. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.38.

Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) traded down 1.29% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $35.32. 441,642 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Hancock Holding has a 52-week low of $25.00 and a 52-week high of $37.42. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $36.03 and its 200-day moving average is $33.48. The company has a market cap of $2.899 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.54.

Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 22nd. The company reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.01. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.54 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Hancock Holding will post $2.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) is a bank holding company.

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