Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by Stephens in a research note issued on Wednesday.

A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Bank Of The Ozarks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $56.00 target price on shares of Bank Of The Ozarks in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, Brean Capital set a $63.00 target price on shares of Bank Of The Ozarks and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $53.00.

Analyst Recommendations for Bank Of The Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK)

Bank Of The Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) traded down 1.79% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $46.19. 13,714,106 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $5.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.90 and a beta of 1.51. Bank Of The Ozarks has a 12-month low of $33.51 and a 12-month high of $56.86. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $48.17 and its 200 day moving average price is $50.94.

Bank Of The Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, April 11th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.01. Bank Of The Ozarks had a net margin of 35.19% and a return on equity of 12.55%. The business had revenue of $219.83 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $225.45 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.57 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Bank Of The Ozarks will post $3.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, Director Paula H. Cholmondeley purchased 1,214 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 20th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $49.36 per share, with a total value of $59,923.04. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 6,227 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $307,364.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Walter J. Mullen III sold 505 shares of Bank Of The Ozarks stock in a transaction on Monday, April 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.31, for a total transaction of $25,406.55. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 3,400 shares in the company, valued at approximately $171,054. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 22,760 shares of company stock worth $1,078,619 in the last ninety days. 8.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Jane Street Group LLC purchased a new stake in Bank Of The Ozarks during the third quarter valued at about $636,000. Usca Ria LLC increased its stake in Bank Of The Ozarks by 51.8% in the third quarter. Usca Ria LLC now owns 48,682 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,869,000 after buying an additional 16,608 shares during the period. Panagora Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Bank Of The Ozarks by 492.4% in the third quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 211,226 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $8,111,000 after buying an additional 175,571 shares during the period. UBS Group AG increased its stake in Bank Of The Ozarks by 121.7% in the third quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 212,749 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $8,170,000 after buying an additional 116,804 shares during the period. Finally, CSS LLC IL increased its stake in Bank Of The Ozarks by 808.2% in the third quarter. CSS LLC IL now owns 58,124 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,232,000 after buying an additional 51,724 shares during the period. 91.19% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Bank Of The Ozarks Company Profile

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company owns an Arkansas state chartered subsidiary bank, Bank of the Ozarks (the Bank). The Company provides a range of retail and commercial banking services. Its deposit services include checking, savings, money market, time deposit and individual retirement accounts.

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