News coverage about First Hawaiian (NASDAQ:FHB) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. First Hawaiian earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.904050573877 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of First Hawaiian (NASDAQ:FHB) opened at $27.72 on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $3,817.75, a PE ratio of 21.00, a PEG ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.35. First Hawaiian has a 12 month low of $26.30 and a 12 month high of $32.52.

First Hawaiian (NASDAQ:FHB) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $134.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $135.40 million. First Hawaiian had a net margin of 23.80% and a return on equity of 9.09%. First Hawaiian’s quarterly revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.40 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that First Hawaiian will post 1.97 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 26th will be paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.46%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 23rd. This is a boost from First Hawaiian’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. First Hawaiian’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 66.67%.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Hawaiian from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Citigroup reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $32.00 price target on shares of First Hawaiian in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Barclays cut their price target on shares of First Hawaiian from $36.00 to $33.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of First Hawaiian from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $32.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of First Hawaiian from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.75.

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About First Hawaiian

First Hawaiian, Inc, formerly BancWest Corporation, is a bank holding company. The Company owns First Hawaiian Bank. It operates through three segments: Retail Banking, which includes the financial products and services it provides to consumers, small businesses and certain commercial customers; Commercial Banking, which includes its corporate banking, residential and commercial real estate loans, commercial lease financing, auto dealer financing, deposit products and credit cards, and Treasury and Other, which includes its treasury business, which consists of corporate asset and liability management activities, including interest rate risk management.

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