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BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) EVP Gordon Ray Lewis sold 7,775 shares of BancorpSouth stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.76, for a total value of $184,734.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 45,830 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,088,921. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on BXS shares. Analysts at Stephens downgraded shares of BancorpSouth from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, January 24th. 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 on Friday, January 24th. 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 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 assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $22.11.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) opened at 23.69 on Tuesday. BancorpSouth has a one year low of $14.46 and a one year high of $25.54. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $24.24 and its 200-day moving average is $22.18. The company has a market cap of $2.257 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.93.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 23rd. The company reported $0.29 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.18 earnings per share. Analysts expect that BancorpSouth will post $1.32 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 0.84%. 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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