Republic Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCAA) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Friday.

According to Zacks, “Republic Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company. “

Separately, BidaskClub lowered Republic Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th.

Shares of Republic Bancorp (RBCAA) opened at 35.39 on Friday. Republic Bancorp has a 12 month low of $28.56 and a 12 month high of $40.74. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $34.95 and its 200-day moving average price is $34.98. The firm has a market capitalization of $738.16 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.87 and a beta of 0.49.

Republic Bancorp (NASDAQ:RBCAA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 21st. The bank reported $0.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48. Republic Bancorp had a return on equity of 8.14% and a net margin of 19.33%. The business had revenue of $56.06 million for the quarter. On average, equities research analysts predict that Republic Bancorp will post $2.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, EVP Steven E. Deweese sold 1,115 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.49, for a total value of $39,571.35. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 41,630 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,477,448.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Steven E. Deweese sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.50, for a total value of $34,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 42,230 shares in the company, valued at $1,456,935. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 52.30% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of RBCAA. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in Republic Bancorp during the second quarter worth about $165,000. Globeflex Capital L P bought a new position in Republic Bancorp during the first quarter worth about $190,000. American International Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Republic Bancorp by 7.1% during the first quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 5,947 shares of the bank’s stock worth $205,000 after acquiring an additional 392 shares in the last quarter. TFS Capital LLC lifted its holdings in Republic Bancorp by 46.1% during the first quarter. TFS Capital LLC now owns 7,599 shares of the bank’s stock worth $261,000 after acquiring an additional 2,398 shares in the last quarter. Finally, KBC Group NV lifted its holdings in Republic Bancorp by 98.3% during the first quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 7,914 shares of the bank’s stock worth $272,000 after acquiring an additional 3,924 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 24.29% of the company’s stock.

About Republic Bancorp

Republic Bancorp, Inc is a financial holding company of Republic Bank & Trust Company (the Bank) and Republic Insurance Services, Inc (the Captive). The Bank is a Kentucky-based, state chartered non-member financial institution. The Captive is an insurance subsidiary of the Company. The Company operates through four segments: Traditional Banking, which provides traditional banking products to customers; Warehouse Lending (Warehouse), which provides short-term, revolving credit facilities to mortgage bankers across the United States through mortgage warehouse lines of credit; Mortgage Banking, which originates, sells and services long-term, single family, first lien residential real estate loans, and Republic Processing Group (RPG), which facilitates the receipt and payment of federal and state tax refund products.

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