BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) Short Interest Up 5.3% in May

BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest during the month of May. As of May 31st, there was short interest totalling 73,200 shares, a growth of 5.3% from the April 30th total of 69,500 shares. Approximately 0.5% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 49,900 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.5 days.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its position in shares of BankFinancial by 429.5% during the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,706 shares of the bank’s stock worth $40,000 after acquiring an additional 2,195 shares in the last quarter. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of BankFinancial during the fourth quarter worth $52,000. Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new stake in shares of BankFinancial during the first quarter worth $200,000. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in shares of BankFinancial by 41.6% during the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 18,839 shares of the bank’s stock worth $282,000 after acquiring an additional 5,532 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bailard Inc. bought a new position in shares of BankFinancial in the first quarter worth $336,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 66.80% of the company’s stock.

BFIN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Home Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 7th. BidaskClub upgraded BankFinancial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th.

BankFinancial stock traded down $0.02 during trading on Friday, hitting $13.78. The stock had a trading volume of 36,580 shares, compared to its average volume of 32,394. BankFinancial has a 1 year low of $13.44 and a 1 year high of $17.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a current ratio of 1.03. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $13.95. The firm has a market cap of $213.84 million, a PE ratio of 16.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 0.38.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April 16th. The bank reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.22. The firm had revenue of $14.84 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.80 million. BankFinancial had a return on equity of 8.00% and a net margin of 24.78%. On average, sell-side analysts predict that BankFinancial will post 0.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association that provides commercial, family, and personal banking products and services in Illinois. The company accepts various deposit products, including savings, NOW, checking, money market, IRA, and other retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.

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