Shares of First Community Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:FCBC) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $23.96 and last traded at $23.88, with a volume of 15,861 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $23.58.

Separately, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods increased their price objective on First Community Bancshares from $20.00 to $22.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th.

The company’s 50 day moving average is $22.96 and its 200 day moving average is $20.86. The firm has a market capitalization of $408.45 million and a PE ratio of 17.43.

First Community Bancshares (NASDAQ:FCBC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.03. Equities research analysts expect that First Community Bancshares Inc. will post $1.44 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 19th. Investors of record on Friday, August 5th were issued a $0.16 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 3rd. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.67%. This is an increase from First Community Bancshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14.

In related news, insider Martyn A. Pell sold 1,187 shares of First Community Bancshares stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.83, for a total value of $25,912.21. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 8,945 shares in the company, valued at approximately $195,269.35. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Martyn A. Pell sold 3,929 shares of First Community Bancshares stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.66, for a total transaction of $85,102.14. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 11,001 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $238,281.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in First Community Bancshares stock. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of First Community Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:FCBC) by 1.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 72,412 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,105 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. owned 0.40% of First Community Bancshares worth $1,350,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

First Community Bancshares, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company provides commercial banking products and services through its subsidiary First Community Bank (the Bank). The Company operates in the community banking segment. The Bank operates under the trade names First Community Bank in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina and People’s Community Bank, a division of the bank, in Tennessee.

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