Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect First Financial (THFF) Share Price

Media coverage about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the bank an impact score of 45.3310206037716 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of research firms 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 raised First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, BidaskClub raised First Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday.

First Financial (THFF) traded up $1.85 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $47.40. The company had a trading volume of 18,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 17,887. The firm has a market capitalization of $579.41, a P/E ratio of 16.63 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a twelve month low of $39.55 and a twelve month high of $52.35.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72. The business had revenue of $35.65 million for 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%. equities analysts anticipate that First Financial will post 2.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business 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. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.14%. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. First Financial’s payout ratio is currently 35.79%.

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About First Financial

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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