News headlines about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 46.3217236774061 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) traded up $0.95 during trading on Monday, reaching $46.65. 83,300 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 23,968. The stock has a market capitalization of $570.25, a P/E ratio of 16.37 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a 52 week low of $39.55 and a 52 week high of $53.49.

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

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Monday, January 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. This represents a yield of 2.14%. First Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.09%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on THFF. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. ValuEngine raised shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of First Financial in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th.

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First Financial Company Profile

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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