Media headlines about Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National Corporation earned a news impact score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.9288776979965 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.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of brokerages have commented on SFNC. Zacks Investment Research lowered Simmons First National Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Stephens upgraded Simmons First National Corporation from an “equal weight” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $60.00 to $64.00 in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Sandler O’Neill restated a “hold” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Simmons First National Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “neutral” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Simmons First National Corporation in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Simmons First National Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. Simmons First National Corporation presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $62.40.

Shares of Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) traded up $0.45 during trading on Friday, hitting $57.80. The stock had a trading volume of 201,819 shares, compared to its average volume of 277,258. The firm has a market cap of $1,857.92, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.41 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a current ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. Simmons First National Corporation has a fifty-two week low of $47.75 and a fifty-two week high of $67.00.

In other news, EVP Barry K. Ledbetter sold 1,900 shares of Simmons First National Corporation stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.37, for a total transaction of $109,003.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 29,923 shares of Simmons First National Corporation stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.05, for a total value of $1,647,261.15. Following the sale, the director now owns 228,276 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,566,593.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 176,155 shares of company stock valued at $9,710,002. 4.63% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Simmons First National Corporation

Simmons First National Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary bank, Simmons Bank, provides financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the market areas they serve. As of December 31, 2016, Simmons Bank conducted banking operations through 150 financial centers located in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee.

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