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Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) Director Richard F. Fernandez purchased 2,000 shares of Meridian Bancorp stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 27th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $10.76 per share, with a total value of $21,520.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 30,380 shares in the company, valued at approximately $326,889. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) traded down 0.47% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $10.55. 477,612 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Meridian Bancorp has a 52-week low of $7.9657 and a 52-week high of $11.5278. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $10.58 and a 200-day moving average of $10.40. The company has a market cap of $557.6 million and a P/E ratio of 29.20. Meridian Bancorp also saw a large decrease in short interest during the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 669,051 shares, a decrease of 29.1% from the July 31st total of 943,933 shares. Currently, 1.3% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 649,992 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.0 days.

Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.25 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.11. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.07 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Meridian Bancorp will post $0.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

EBSB has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Meridian Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, August 14th. They now have a $11.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $27.00. Analysts at Compass Point upgraded shares of Meridian Bancorp from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 14th. They now have a $29.50 price target on the stock, up previously from $27.00.

Meridian Bancorp Inc, formerly Meridian Interstate Bancorp, Inc, is a mid-tier stock holding company of East Boston Savings Bank (NASDAQ:EBSB).

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