News articles about JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) have been trending very positive this week, AlphaOne reports. AlphaOne, a subsidiary of Accern, ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. JMP Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.56 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 50 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Alpha One’s rankings:

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) opened at 5.59 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $120.84 million, a P/E ratio of 43.00 and a beta of 1.03. JMP Group has a 12 month low of $4.97 and a 12 month high of $7.00. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $5.98 and a 200 day moving average price of $6.10.

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The financial services provider reported ($0.09) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.18. The business earned $24.38 million during the quarter. JMP Group had a net margin of 0.75% and a return on equity of 2.39%. Analysts expect that JMP Group will post $0.45 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 31st will be paid a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 26th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.44%. JMP Group’s dividend payout ratio is 900.23%.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised JMP Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th.

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In other JMP Group news, Director Glenn H. Tongue acquired 20,864 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 2nd. The shares were purchased at an average price of $5.76 per share, for a total transaction of $120,176.64. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 142,411 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $820,287.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 32.63% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

JMP Group Company Profile

JMP Group, Inc is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm. The Company operates in five segments: Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, Corporate Credit, Investment Income and Corporate Costs. The Broker-Dealer segment includes a range of services, such as underwriting and acting as a placement agent for public and private capital markets raising transactions and financial advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and other strategic transactions.

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