News headlines about Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG) have trended positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Citizens Financial Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.40 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.0576226942922 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Citizens Financial Group (CFG) traded down $0.15 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $46.80. 1,026,926 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,758,204. The firm has a market cap of $23,099.00, a P/E ratio of 14.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.79 and a beta of 1.37. The company has a quick ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.96 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. Citizens Financial Group has a 1-year low of $31.51 and a 1-year high of $48.23.

Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 19th. The bank reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.67 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.48 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.45 billion. Citizens Financial Group had a net margin of 25.60% and a return on equity of 6.73%. Citizens Financial Group’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.55 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that Citizens Financial Group will post 3.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.22 per share. This is an increase from Citizens Financial Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. This represents a $0.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 31st. Citizens Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 22.02%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on CFG shares. Barclays increased their target price on shares of Citizens Financial Group from $39.00 to $41.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 target price on shares of Citizens Financial Group in a research report on Sunday, January 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Citizens Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, December 4th. Citigroup reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $42.00 price objective (up previously from $38.00) on shares of Citizens Financial Group in a report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, Bank of America reissued an “underperform” rating and set a $40.00 price objective (down previously from $41.00) on shares of Citizens Financial Group in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $42.36.

In other Citizens Financial Group news, Director Wendy A. Watson sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.31, for a total transaction of $161,240.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 12,917 shares in the company, valued at approximately $520,684.27. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 0.21% of the company’s stock.

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About Citizens Financial Group

Citizens Financial Group, Inc is a retail bank holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Banking and Commercial Banking. Its Consumer Banking serves retail customers and small businesses. Consumer Banking products and services include deposit products, mortgage and home equity lending, auto financing, student loans, personal unsecured lines and loans, credit cards, business loans, wealth management and investment services.

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