First Financial (THFF) Given News Impact Rating of 0.19

Press coverage about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.4324730894949 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) remained flat at $$47.60 during trading on Wednesday. 17,600 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 17,100. The company has a market cap of $581.85, a P/E ratio of 16.70 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a twelve month low of $39.55 and a twelve month high of $52.35.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.72. The company had revenue of $35.65 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.71 million. First Financial had a net margin of 23.48% and a return on equity of 8.11%. equities research analysts forecast that First Financial will post 2.87 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, January 8th were given a dividend of $0.51 per share. This is a boost from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. The ex-dividend date was Friday, January 5th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.14%. First Financial’s payout ratio is presently 35.79%.

THFF has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th.

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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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