News coverage about First Mid-Illinois Bancshares (NASDAQ:FMBH) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Mid-Illinois Bancshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the bank an impact score of 47.9583752212224 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised First Mid-Illinois Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th.

Shares of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares (NASDAQ FMBH) traded down $1.13 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $37.96. The stock had a trading volume of 49,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 20,572. First Mid-Illinois Bancshares has a 52-week low of $28.37 and a 52-week high of $42.03. The company has a market capitalization of $493.24, a PE ratio of 16.85, a P/E/G ratio of 1.87 and a beta of -0.01. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36.

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares (NASDAQ:FMBH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The bank reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $30.53 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $30.75 million. First Mid-Illinois Bancshares had a return on equity of 9.75% and a net margin of 22.67%. research analysts expect that First Mid-Illinois Bancshares will post 2.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 8th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This is a boost from First Mid-Illinois Bancshares’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.32. This represents a dividend yield of 1.63%. First Mid-Illinois Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 29.31%.

In other First Mid-Illinois Bancshares news, CEO Clay M. Dean sold 701 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.55, for a total value of $26,322.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Laurel G. Allenbaugh sold 780 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.99, for a total transaction of $27,292.20. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 2,674 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $93,563.26. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 20.30% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About First Mid-Illinois Bancshares

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company is engaged in the business of banking through its subsidiaries, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, N.A. (First Mid Bank) and First Clover Leaf Bank, N.A. (First Clover Leaf Bank). The Company provides data processing services to affiliates through another subsidiary, Mid-Illinois Data Services, Inc (MIDS).

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