Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) Given Media Impact Score of 0.14

Media coverage about Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.8019284778035 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Simmons First National (SFNC) traded up $0.45 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $58.80. 135,975 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 219,518. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. Simmons First National has a 52 week low of $49.75 and a 52 week high of $61.95. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,735.22, a PE ratio of 18.61 and a beta of 1.15.

Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Sunday, October 22nd. The bank reported $0.86 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by ($0.01). Simmons First National had a return on equity of 8.79% and a net margin of 21.58%. analysts predict that Simmons First National will post 3.31 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.70%. Simmons First National’s dividend payout ratio is currently 31.65%.

Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Simmons First National from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 30th. Sandler O’Neill set a $63.00 price objective on shares of Simmons First National and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. BidaskClub raised shares of Simmons First National from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Simmons First National in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.80.

In other Simmons First National news, EVP Barry K. Ledbetter sold 1,900 shares of Simmons First National stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.37, for a total value of $109,003.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 160,000 shares of Simmons First National stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.11, for a total transaction of $9,137,600.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 76,949 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,394,557.39. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 349,122 shares of company stock worth $19,827,028. 4.63% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Simmons First National Company Profile

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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