Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WTFC) in the last few weeks:

  • 6/11/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock.
  • 6/10/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “
  • 6/7/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $79.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “
  • 6/3/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “
  • 6/2/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 5/20/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $77.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “
  • 5/19/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “
  • 5/5/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Wintrust Financial Corporation is a bank holding company which provides banking services, trust and investment services, commercial insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. They provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services through their subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company. “
  • 4/25/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its price target raised by analysts at Hovde Group from $74.00 to $76.50. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 4/20/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. They now have a $74.00 price target on the stock.

Shares of Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC) traded down 0.39% during trading on Monday, hitting $76.50. The stock had a trading volume of 395,923 shares. The company has a market cap of $4.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.35 and a beta of 0.83. Wintrust Financial Corporation has a 12 month low of $46.62 and a 12 month high of $79.27. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $72.14 and a 200 day moving average price of $71.29.

Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 18th. The bank reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $261.35 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $268.40 million. Wintrust Financial Corporation had a return on equity of 8.86% and a net margin of 18.61%. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.90 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Wintrust Financial Corporation will post $4.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 25th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 11th were given a dividend of $0.14 per share. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.73%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, May 9th. Wintrust Financial Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 14.89%.

In related news, Director Peter D. Crist sold 23,225 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.82, for a total transaction of $1,621,569.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 73,550 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,135,261. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Gary D. Sweeney bought 515 shares of Wintrust Financial Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 25th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $72.81 per share, for a total transaction of $37,497.15. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 2,150 shares in the company, valued at $156,541.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.97% of the company’s stock.

Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its businesses through three segments: community banking, specialty finance and wealth management. The Company offers community banking services to individuals, small to mid-sized businesses, local governmental units and institutional clients.

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