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BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the eleven ratings firms that are covering the company, StockRatingsNetwork.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $24.25.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on BXS shares. 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.

Shares of BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) opened at 20.34 on Thursday. BancorpSouth has a 52-week low of $18.93 and a 52-week high of $26.24. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $22.42 and its 200-day moving average is $23.56. The company has a market cap of $1.954 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.49.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 21st. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.33. During the same quarter in the previous 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 announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.075 per share. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.47%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 11th. This is a boost 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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