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Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) Director Richard F. Fernandez bought 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 cost of $10.76 per share, for a total transaction of $21,520.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 30,380 shares in the company, valued at approximately $326,889. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

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

Shares of Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) traded up 0.28% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $10.58. The stock had a trading volume of 636,693 shares. Meridian Bancorp has a 52-week low of $7.9739 and a 52-week high of $11.5278. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $10.60 and a 200-day moving average of $10.41. The company has a market cap of $559.2 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.06. Meridian Bancorp also was the recipient of a significant 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. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 649,992 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.0 days. Approximately 1.3% of the company’s stock are sold short.

Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) last announced its earnings results 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.

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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