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BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eleven brokerages that are presently covering the stock, American Banking News reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $24.25.

BXS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of BancorpSouth in a research note on Thursday, July 24th. They now have a $24.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $26.00. Separately, analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods cut their price target on shares of BancorpSouth from $26.00 to $21.00 in a research note on Wednesday, July 23rd. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “underweight” rating on shares of BancorpSouth in a research note on Wednesday, July 23rd. They now have a $22.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $23.00.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) traded up 0.39% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $20.70. The stock had a trading volume of 54,423 shares. BancorpSouth has a one year low of $18.93 and a one year high of $26.24. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $22.65 and its 200-day moving average is $23.61. The company has a market cap of $1.988 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.62.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 21st. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.33. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.22 earnings per share. Analysts expect that BancorpSouth will post $1.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st. Investors of record on Monday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.075 per share. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.45%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 11th. This is an increase from BancorpSouth’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05.

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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