Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) was upgraded by stock analysts at Robert W. Baird from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. The brokerage currently has a $43.00 target price on the bank’s stock. Robert W. Baird’s target price indicates a potential upside of 4.04% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Zions Bancorporation in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Wells Fargo & Company initiated coverage on shares of Zions Bancorporation in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $56.00 price objective on the stock. Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Zions Bancorporation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $50.00 to $52.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Zions Bancorporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price objective on shares of Zions Bancorporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Thirteen investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Zions Bancorporation has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $45.00.

Shares of Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) opened at 41.33 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $44.45 and a 200 day moving average of $42.83. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.45 and a beta of 1.45. Zions Bancorporation has a one year low of $29.63 and a one year high of $48.33.

Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The bank reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $660 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $640.34 million. Zions Bancorporation had a net margin of 21.97% and a return on equity of 8.14%. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.44 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Zions Bancorporation will post $2.83 EPS for the current year.

Zions Bancorporation declared that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Wednesday, June 28th that authorizes the company to repurchase $465.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the bank to buy up to 5.3% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

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In other Zions Bancorporation news, General Counsel Thomas E. Laursen sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.38, for a total value of $46,380.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now owns 23,484 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,089,187.92. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Roger B. Porter purchased 1,616 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 22nd. The stock was bought at an average cost of $43.99 per share, with a total value of $71,087.84. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 42,001 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,847,623.99. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 27,118 shares of company stock valued at $1,222,407. Corporate insiders own 1.46% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Zions Bancorporation by 4.3% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 21,245,566 shares of the bank’s stock worth $932,892,000 after acquiring an additional 882,190 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Zions Bancorporation by 8.5% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 12,483,605 shares of the bank’s stock worth $537,303,000 after acquiring an additional 982,580 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Zions Bancorporation by 4,464.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 11,741,470 shares of the bank’s stock worth $493,142,000 after acquiring an additional 11,484,250 shares during the period. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its stake in shares of Zions Bancorporation by 4.9% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 9,115,604 shares of the bank’s stock worth $220,689,000 after acquiring an additional 429,375 shares during the period. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. increased its stake in shares of Zions Bancorporation by 11.6% in the first quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 6,598,091 shares of the bank’s stock worth $277,120,000 after acquiring an additional 684,015 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.45% of the company’s stock.

Zions Bancorporation Company Profile

Zions Bancorporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its banking operations through separately managed and branded segments, including Zions Bank, Amegy Bank, California Bank & Trust, National Bank of Arizona, Nevada State Bank (NSB), Vectra Bank Colorado, The Commerce Bank of Washington (TCBW) and Other.

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