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People's United Financial

Dividend Yield: 4.70%

People's United Financial (NASDAQ: PBCT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.70%.

People's United Financial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for People's United Bank that provides commercial banking, retail and business banking, and wealth management services to individual, corporate, and municipal customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.78. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates People's United Financial a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

The average volume for People's United Financial has been 3,138,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. People's United Financial has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates People's United Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • PEOPLE'S UNITED FINL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PEOPLE'S UNITED FINL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.72 versus $0.57 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.80 versus $0.72).
  • The gross profit margin for PEOPLE'S UNITED FINL INC is currently very high, coming in at 88.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 18.19% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $82.70 million or 43.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, PEOPLE'S UNITED FINL INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 65.45%.
  • PBCT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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