News articles about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.3310206037716 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Shares of First Financial (NASDAQ THFF) traded down $0.85 during trading on Friday, reaching $45.55. 11,503 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 13,700. The stock has a market cap of $546.59, a P/E ratio of 15.98 and a beta of 0.88. First Financial has a 52 week low of $39.55 and a 52 week high of $52.35.
The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, January 8th were issued a $0.51 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 2.14%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, January 5th. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. First Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 35.79%.
Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. BidaskClub cut shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of First Financial in a research note on Friday, December 22nd.
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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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