Investors looking for a stable dividend stock with upside should take a look at County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK).  The stock currently provides a dividend yield of 1.49% for the Financial company.  Sell-side analysts covering the shares are projecting that it will reach $23.14 within the next 12-18 months.  

This is a solid upside to a recent tick of $18.73.  On a consensus basis, analysts have a Buy/Sell rating of 2.10, which is based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. When setting up a personal stock investment strategy, individual investors often set short-term and long-term goals. These goals may address the questions of specific objectives, how to start achieving these objectives, and the amount of risk that the individual is comfortable taking on. Once goals are in place, the investor can start to think about the overall strategy, and how they are going to start building the portfolio. A large number of investors will not reach their goals that they created at the outset. There may be many different reasons for this, but getting caught up in the excitement and chasing performance may be near the top of the list. Investors who figure out how to focus on the right information are typically more prepared for the numerous challenges that arise when dealing with the equity market.

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK)’s stock was 8.52%.  Over the last week of the month, it was 9.40%, -9.89% over the last quarter, and  -24.45% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, County Bancorp, Inc. stock’s -13.11% off of the high and 11.86% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -40.58% (High), 11.86%, (Low). 

Fundamental analysis examines the financial elements of a company, for example; sales, cash flow, profit and balance sheet.  These numbers are then crunched to create theoretical valuations of companies. 

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares.  EPS enables the earnings of a company to easily be compared to their competitors. The higher the number, the more profit per dollar is being made on investor capital.  County Bancorp, Inc.’s EPS for the trailing 12 months is 2.11.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Financial sector.

Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share.  P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels.  Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively.  County Bancorp, Inc.’s  P/E ratio is 8.95. 


Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 57.60.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

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