First Financial (THFF) Earns News Sentiment Rating of 0.17

Media coverage about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the bank an impact score of 46.4966222482113 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) traded up $0.40 on Wednesday, hitting $46.20. The stock had a trading volume of 9,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 23,750. The stock has a market cap of $559.85, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.07 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a 12-month low of $39.55 and a 12-month high of $53.49.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.72. The firm had revenue of $35.65 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $35.71 million. First Financial had a return on equity of 8.11% and a net margin of 23.48%. sell-side analysts anticipate that First Financial will post 2.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, January 8th will be given a $0.51 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 2.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. This is a positive change from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. First Financial’s payout ratio is currently 35.09%.

THFF has been the topic of a number of research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine cut shares of First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday.

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First Financial Company Profile

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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