Headlines about First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Community Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.3185321383042 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

First Community Corporation (NASDAQ FCCO) traded down $0.33 on Friday, reaching $22.87. The company had a trading volume of 2,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,319. First Community Corporation has a one year low of $15.75 and a one year high of $24.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 0.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37. The stock has a market cap of $153.37, a PE ratio of 21.99 and a beta of 0.86.

First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The bank reported $0.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.29 by ($0.01). First Community Corporation had a net margin of 17.69% and a return on equity of 8.44%. The business had revenue of $9.65 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.79 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that First Community Corporation will post 1.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 1st were issued a dividend of $0.09 per share. This represents a $0.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.57%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, October 31st. First Community Corporation’s payout ratio is currently 34.62%.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on FCCO. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Community Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. ValuEngine cut First Community Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th.

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In other First Community Corporation news, Director George H. Fann, Jr. acquired 1,903 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was bought at an average price of $20.35 per share, for a total transaction of $38,726.05. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 86,519 shares in the company, valued at $1,760,661.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 8.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About First Community Corporation

First Community Corporation is a bank holding company for First Community Bank (the Bank). The Bank offers commercial and retail banking services to small-to-medium sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals, primarily in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw and Newberry Counties of South Carolina and the surrounding areas.

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