Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect First Financial Northwest (FFNW) Stock Price

Media stories about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) have trended positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.3776113324027 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) traded up $0.39 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $16.91. 5,791 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 15,071. The firm has a market capitalization of $177.79, a PE ratio of 19.44, a P/E/G ratio of 1.60 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a current ratio of 1.17. First Financial Northwest has a 52-week low of $14.83 and a 52-week high of $21.29.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The bank reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by ($0.05). The firm had revenue of $10.11 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.15 million. First Financial Northwest had a net margin of 18.74% and a return on equity of 6.45%. analysts forecast that First Financial Northwest will post 0.81 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio is currently 32.18%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Financial Northwest from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, January 8th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Northwest in a report on Friday, December 22nd.

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First Financial Northwest Company Profile

First Financial Northwest, Inc (First Financial Northwest) is a holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the Bank). The Bank primarily serves the greater Puget Sound region of King and to a lesser extent, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, Washington through its full-service banking office located in Renton, Washington and branch office in Mill Creek, Washington.

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