Press coverage about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.543665832676 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of First Financial Northwest (FFNW) traded up $0.01 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $14.98. 19,100 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 14,038. The company has a current ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36. First Financial Northwest has a twelve month low of $13.13 and a twelve month high of $20.97. The company has a market cap of $161.01, a P/E ratio of 18.49, a PEG ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 0.28.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $10.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.60 million. First Financial Northwest had a net margin of 17.01% and a return on equity of 6.54%. analysts expect that First Financial Northwest will post 1.11 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. First Financial Northwest’s payout ratio is 34.57%.

FFNW has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. FIG Partners raised shares of First Financial Northwest from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Financial Northwest from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th.

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About First Financial Northwest

First Financial Northwest, Inc (First Financial Northwest) is a holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the Bank). The Bank primarily serves the greater Puget Sound region of King and to a lesser extent, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, Washington through its full-service banking office located in Renton, Washington and branch office in Mill Creek, Washington.

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