A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WTFC):

  • 9/13/2017 – 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. “
  • 9/8/2017 – 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. “
  • 9/8/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a $84.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/2/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $82.00 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. “
  • 9/1/2017 – 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. “
  • 9/1/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $74.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/22/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. They now have a $82.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/12/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 8/11/2017 – 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.
  • 8/8/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “market perform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Hovde Group. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $76.50.
  • 8/2/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation had its “market perform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Hovde Group. They now have a $80.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $76.50.
  • 7/28/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating.
  • 7/19/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 7/18/2017 – Wintrust Financial Corporation was given a new $72.00 price target on by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.

Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC) opened at 71.99 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $4.02 billion, a PE ratio of 18.16 and a beta of 0.81. Wintrust Financial Corporation has a 1-year low of $51.66 and a 1-year high of $80.52. The company has a 50 day moving average of $73.11 and a 200 day moving average of $72.56.

Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WTFC) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The bank reported $1.11 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.12. Wintrust Financial Corporation had a return on equity of 9.15% and a net margin of 19.24%. The company had revenue of $294.38 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $279.69 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.90 earnings per share. Wintrust Financial Corporation’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Wintrust Financial Corporation will post $4.30 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 24th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 10th were issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 8th. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.78%. Wintrust Financial Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 14.11%.

In related news, EVP David A. Dykstra sold 26,861 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.82, for a total transaction of $2,063,462.02. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 185,651 shares in the company, valued at $14,261,709.82. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Edward J. Wehmer sold 29,779 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.89, for a total value of $2,289,707.31. Following the sale, the insider now owns 137,352 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,560,995.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.00% 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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