News articles about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 46.4673835609629 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
First Financial (THFF) traded down $0.25 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $46.90. The company had a trading volume of 19,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 23,914. The company has a market cap of $576.35, a P/E ratio of 16.54 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a one year low of $39.55 and a one year high of $53.49.
First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72. The company had revenue of $35.65 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $35.71 million. First Financial had a return on equity of 8.11% and a net margin of 23.48%. sell-side analysts forecast that First Financial will post 2.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Monday, January 8th will be given a $0.51 dividend. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. This represents a yield of 2.14%. First Financial’s payout ratio is presently 35.09%.
A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on THFF. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine upgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th.
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First Financial Company Profile
First Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers financial services, including commercial, mortgage and consumer lending, lease financing, trust account services, depositor services and insurance services. The Company’s subsidiaries include First Financial Bank, N.A.
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