Shares of First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) have earned a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Brokerages have set a one year consensus price objective of $44.00 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.83 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given First Financial an industry rank of 137 out of 255 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on THFF shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 27th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 1st.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of THFF. Northern Trust Corp raised its holdings in shares of First Financial by 76.3% during the fourth quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 696,304 shares of the bank’s stock worth $27,957,000 after purchasing an additional 301,342 shares during the period. Walthausen & Co. LLC acquired a new position in First Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at $7,769,000. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in First Financial by 12.7% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 885,358 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $40,152,000 after buying an additional 99,738 shares in the last quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. acquired a new position in First Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at $1,747,000. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in First Financial by 38.0% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 108,895 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $5,467,000 after buying an additional 30,000 shares in the last quarter. 53.40% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

NASDAQ:THFF opened at $43.11 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.81. The company has a market cap of $517.78 million, a P/E ratio of 11.34 and a beta of 0.93. First Financial has a fifty-two week low of $37.41 and a fifty-two week high of $53.05.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 1st. The bank reported $0.90 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.91 by ($0.01). First Financial had a return on equity of 11.07% and a net margin of 28.33%. The company had revenue of $37.83 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $37.41 million. As a group, equities analysts forecast that First Financial will post 3.54 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 8th were issued a $0.51 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 2.21%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, January 7th. First Financial’s payout ratio is 26.84%.

About First Financial

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. The company offers commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending; lease financing; trust account; depositor; and insurance services. Its deposit products include interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing demand deposits, savings deposits, time deposits, and other time deposits; and loan products comprise commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, consumer loans, and residential real estate and construction loans.

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