BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report issued on Thursday.

A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on THFF. ValuEngine raised First Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Financial from a sell rating to a buy rating and set a $51.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, June 28th.

NASDAQ:THFF traded down $0.25 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $51.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 202 shares, compared to its average volume of 14,353. First Financial has a 12-month low of $40.75 and a 12-month high of $53.05. The firm has a market cap of $632.97 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.67 and a beta of 0.93.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 24th. The bank reported $1.25 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.41. First Financial had a return on equity of 9.91% and a net margin of 22.50%. The business had revenue of $43.65 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $36.30 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that First Financial will post 3.76 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Kessler Investment Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of First Financial during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $102,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in First Financial during the 1st quarter valued at $172,000. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY raised its holdings in First Financial by 52.8% during the 2nd quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 5,081 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $230,000 after buying an additional 1,755 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc raised its holdings in First Financial by 149.8% during the 1st quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 6,804 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $283,000 after buying an additional 4,080 shares during the period. Finally, Citadel Advisors LLC raised its holdings in First Financial by 150.7% during the 2nd quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 13,643 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $619,000 after buying an additional 8,201 shares during the period. 54.52% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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