BidaskClub Upgrades BankFinancial (BFIN) to “Hold”

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st.

BankFinancial (BFIN) traded up $0.38 during trading on Thursday, hitting $15.81. 28,840 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 25,512. The company has a market capitalization of $283.93, a PE ratio of 31.62, a P/E/G ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 0.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a current ratio of 1.06. BankFinancial has a 52-week low of $13.43 and a 52-week high of $17.00.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $14.94 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.80 million. BankFinancial had a net margin of 14.39% and a return on equity of 5.73%. sell-side analysts expect that BankFinancial will post 0.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of BFIN. FNY Partners Fund LP purchased a new position in shares of BankFinancial in the third quarter valued at $124,000. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. purchased a new position in shares of BankFinancial in the second quarter valued at $167,000. Beese Fulmer Investment Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of BankFinancial in the fourth quarter valued at $177,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of BankFinancial in the third quarter valued at $181,000. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 6.5% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 15,454 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $230,000 after purchasing an additional 946 shares in the last quarter. 64.43% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch,

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