First Business Financial Services (FBIZ) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.22

Headlines about First Business Financial Services (NASDAQ:FBIZ) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Business Financial Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.1950352768415 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

First Business Financial Services (FBIZ) traded up 1.038% during trading on Friday, reaching $22.885. The company had a trading volume of 2,494 shares. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $21.79 and its 200 day moving average price is $23.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $199.44 million, a PE ratio of 16.729 and a beta of 0.95. First Business Financial Services has a 12-month low of $18.76 and a 12-month high of $28.43.

First Business Financial Services (NASDAQ:FBIZ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 28th. The financial services provider reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.41 by ($0.19). The company had revenue of $20.22 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.45 million. First Business Financial Services had a net margin of 12.64% and a return on equity of 7.25%. Analysts anticipate that First Business Financial Services will post $1.50 earnings per share for the current year.

FBIZ has been the topic of several recent research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of First Business Financial Services in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research cut First Business Financial Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, TheStreet cut First Business Financial Services from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $24.50.

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In other news, Director Jerome J. Smith sold 1,250 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.17, for a total value of $26,462.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Charles H. Batson sold 2,300 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.25, for a total value of $48,875.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 26,907 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $571,773.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 5,025 shares of company stock valued at $106,903. Insiders own 8.30% of the company’s stock.

First Business Financial Services Company Profile

First Business Financial Services, Inc (FBFS) is a bank holding company. The Company engages in the commercial banking business through its bank subsidiaries, which include First Business Bank (FBB), First Business Bank-Milwaukee (FBB-Milwaukee) and Alterra Bank (Alterra) (FBB and FBB-Milwaukee and, together with FBB, the Banks).

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