First Midwest Bancorp Inc.
) hit a new 52-week high, touching $16.08 at the beginning of the
trading session on Aug 21. However, the stock closed the session
at $15.77, reflecting year-to-date return of 18.9%. The trading
volume for the session was 194,438 shares.
Despite the strong price appreciation, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy)
Midwest bank has considerable upside left, given its positive
estimate revisions over the last 30 days and expected long-term
earnings growth of 8.33%.
First Midwest's impressive price performance was primarily driven
by encouraging second-quarter 2013 results, along with a 300%
hike in quarterly cash dividend.
On Jul 24, First Midwest declared second-quarter earnings of 22
cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Moreover, net income was $16.0 million, rising significantly from
$6.3 million in the year-ago quarter.
Along with the earnings release, the board of directors of First
Midwest declared a quarterly cash dividend of 4 cents per share
compared with 1 cent in the prior-year quarter. The latest payout
was the company's 122nd consecutive dividend payout.
Estimate Revisions Show Potency
In the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013
increased 1.1% to 90 cents per share. For 2014, the Zacks
Consensus Estimate advanced 1.9% to $1.02 per share over the same
Better performing banks include
First Interstate Bancsystem Inc.
Mercantile Bank Corp.
). All these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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