First Financial (THFF) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

Media stories about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the bank an impact score of 45.5381112144638 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

THFF has been the topic of several analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. ValuEngine lowered shares of First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th.

Shares of First Financial (THFF) remained flat at $$46.00 during trading hours on Thursday. The stock had a trading volume of 5,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 23,637. First Financial has a 52 week low of $39.55 and a 52 week high of $53.49. The stock has a market cap of $567.18, a P/E ratio of 16.14 and a beta of 0.85.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72. First Financial had a net margin of 24.67% and a return on equity of 8.03%. The firm had revenue of $35.65 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $35.71 million. sell-side analysts predict that First Financial will post 2.87 EPS for the current year.

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

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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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