Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ:SFNC) saw unusually-high trading volume on Tuesday . Approximately 89,077 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 16% from the previous session’s volume of 76,585 shares.The stock last traded at $48.54 and had previously closed at $47.50.

SFNC has been the subject of several analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price target (down previously from $54.00) on shares of Simmons First National Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, June 8th. Sandler O’Neill cut shares of Simmons First National Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $52.25.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $46.55 and a 200 day moving average of $45.35. The company has a market capitalization of $1.48 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.622.

Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ:SFNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported $0.76 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.03. Equities research analysts predict that Simmons First National Corp. will post $3.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, June 15th were given a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, June 13th.

In related news, CFO Robert A. Fehlman sold 2,503 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.40, for a total value of $116,139.20. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 29,023 shares in the company, valued at $1,346,667.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

A number of large investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Stephens Inc. AR boosted its stake in shares of Simmons First National Corp. by 19.0% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 26,590 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,366,000 after buying an additional 4,245 shares in the last quarter. Comerica Bank boosted its stake in shares of Simmons First National Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 28,517 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,408,000 after buying an additional 97 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its stake in shares of Simmons First National Corp. by 8.8% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 29,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,520,000 after buying an additional 2,400 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Simmons First National Corp. by 106.2% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 40,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,065,000 after buying an additional 20,700 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in shares of Simmons First National Corp. by 6.0% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 48,006 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,466,000 after buying an additional 2,735 shares in the last quarter.

Simmons First National Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company’s subsidiary bank is Simmons First National Bank (Simmons Bank or lead bank), which is a national bank. Simmons Bank and its subsidiaries provide banking services to individuals and businesses throughout the market areas they serve.

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