News articles about First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Commonwealth Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.5032964023891 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Shares of NYSE FCF opened at $15.60 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.86. First Commonwealth Financial has a 12 month low of $12.05 and a 12 month high of $15.78. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.57 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.02 and a beta of 0.93.
First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 24th. The bank reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.24. First Commonwealth Financial had a net margin of 18.06% and a return on equity of 9.69%. The business had revenue of $81.73 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $79.69 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.18 EPS. equities research analysts expect that First Commonwealth Financial will post 1.03 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 18th. Investors of record on Friday, May 4th were paid a $0.09 dividend. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.31%. This is a positive change from First Commonwealth Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.08. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 3rd. First Commonwealth Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.90%.
FCF has been the subject of several research reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Commonwealth Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of First Commonwealth Financial in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Commonwealth Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, April 27th. B. Riley restated a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective on shares of First Commonwealth Financial in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective on shares of First Commonwealth Financial in a report on Monday, January 29th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.00.
About First Commonwealth Financial
First Commonwealth Financial Corporation, through its subsidiary First Commonwealth Bank, provides consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, and small and mid-sized businesses in the United States. Its consumer services include personal checking accounts, interest-earning checking accounts, savings accounts, insured money market accounts, debit cards, investment certificates, fixed and variable rate certificates of deposit, mortgage loans, secured and unsecured installment loans, construction and real estate loans, safe deposit facilities, credit cards, credit lines with overdraft checking protection, IRA accounts, and automated teller machine (ATM) services, as well as Internet, mobile, and telephone banking services.
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