Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Simmons First National (SFNC) Share Price

News stories about Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.5085532865662 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Several research analysts have weighed in on SFNC shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Simmons First National from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $30.00 price target on shares of Simmons First National and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Simmons First National from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill upgraded shares of Simmons First National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $31.90.

Simmons First National (NASDAQ SFNC) opened at $29.00 on Tuesday. Simmons First National has a 12 month low of $24.88 and a 12 month high of $30.55. The company has a market cap of $2,661.17, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.17 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.01.

Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 22nd. The bank reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.03. Simmons First National had a net margin of 17.41% and a return on equity of 8.28%. The company had revenue of $163.55 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $155.80 million. research analysts forecast that Simmons First National will post 2.3 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.07%. Simmons First National’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 72.99%.

In related news, insider Vernon Wilson Jr. Bryant sold 22,888 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.87, for a total value of $1,255,864.56. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 211,353 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,596,939.11. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 160,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.77, for a total transaction of $9,083,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 136,949 shares in the company, valued at $7,774,594.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 402,888 shares of company stock worth $23,019,365. 4.63% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Simmons First National

Simmons First National Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary bank, Simmons Bank, provides financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the market areas they serve. As of December 31, 2016, Simmons Bank conducted banking operations through 150 financial centers located in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

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