BankFinancial Corp. (NASDAQ:BFIN) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “BankFinancial Corporation is the holding company for BankFinancial, F.S.B., a full-service, community-oriented savings bank providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses through eighteen full-service banking offices, located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, Illinois. “

BankFinancial Corp. (NASDAQ:BFIN) traded up 0.56% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $12.67. The company had a trading volume of 17,039 shares. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $12.31 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.28. BankFinancial Corp. has a 12-month low of $11.38 and a 12-month high of $13.29. The firm has a market capitalization of $242.38 million, a PE ratio of 34.34 and a beta of 0.92.

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BankFinancial Corp. (NASDAQ:BFIN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 1st. The company reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.02. BankFinancial Corp. had a return on equity of 3.42% and a net margin of 12.74%. Equities research analysts forecast that BankFinancial Corp. will post $0.34 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 2nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 17th were issued a dividend of $0.05 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, August 15th. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.59%. BankFinancial Corp.’s payout ratio is 54.05%.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Clover Partners L.P. raised its position in BankFinancial Corp. by 2.6% in the first quarter. Clover Partners L.P. now owns 998,086 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,797,000 after buying an additional 25,000 shares during the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC raised its position in BankFinancial Corp. by 16.7% in the first quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 39,370 shares of the company’s stock valued at $464,000 after buying an additional 5,641 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in BankFinancial Corp. by 0.3% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 313,718 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,706,000 after buying an additional 1,014 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its position in BankFinancial Corp. by 2.0% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 81,485 shares of the company’s stock valued at $963,000 after buying an additional 1,575 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in BankFinancial Corp. by 8.5% in the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 448,597 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,302,000 after buying an additional 34,997 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 57.90% of the company’s stock.

BankFinancial Corp. Company Profile

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, F.S.B. (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented federal savings bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through approximately 20 full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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