Press coverage about Premier Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:PFBI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Premier Financial Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.2751735904995 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Premier Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ PFBI) traded up $0.32 during trading on Thursday, hitting $20.10. 19,400 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 17,246. The company has a market cap of $211.02, a PE ratio of 14.76 and a beta of 0.51. Premier Financial Bancorp has a 52 week low of $17.25 and a 52 week high of $22.92. The company has a quick ratio of 0.87, a current ratio of 0.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06.

Premier Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:PFBI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The bank reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter. The company had revenue of $16.21 million during the quarter. Premier Financial Bancorp had a net margin of 20.75% and a return on equity of 8.07%.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.99%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Premier Financial Bancorp’s payout ratio is 44.78%.

In other news, Director Harry Maxwell Hatfield purchased 1,711 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 17th. The stock was bought at an average price of $19.00 per share, with a total value of $32,509.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 22,960 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $436,240. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Chairman Marshall T. Reynolds sold 24,097 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.93, for a total transaction of $456,156.21. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 785,804 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,875,269.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 13.30% of the company’s stock.

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About Premier Financial Bancorp

Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc (Premier) is a multi-bank holding company. The Company’s banking subsidiaries (the Banks or Affiliate Banks) consist of Citizens Deposit Bank and Trust, Inc, Vanceburg, Kentucky and Premier Bank, Inc, Huntington, West Virginia. Through the Banks, the Company focuses on providing community banking services to individuals and small-to-medium sized businesses.

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