Media coverage about Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.6728893183058 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) traded down 0.63% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $54.80. 129,533 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $52.66 and a 200 day moving average price of $53.33. Simmons First National Corporation has a 12-month low of $45.90 and a 12-month high of $67.00. The firm has a market cap of $1.77 billion, a PE ratio of 18.10 and a beta of 1.14.

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 19th. The bank reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.80 by $0.04. Simmons First National Corporation had a net margin of 21.03% and a return on equity of 8.71%. The business had revenue of $112.56 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $110.00 million. On average, analysts expect that Simmons First National Corporation will post $3.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.82%. Simmons First National Corporation’s payout ratio is currently 33.00%.

SFNC has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. ValuEngine lowered shares of Simmons First National Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Stephens upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from an “equal weight” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $60.00 to $64.00 in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $61.25.

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In other news, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 50,000 shares of Simmons First National Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.12, for a total value of $2,756,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 208,276 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $11,480,173.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 547 shares of Simmons First National Corporation stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total transaction of $30,085.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 228,399 shares in the company, valued at $12,561,945. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 91,793 shares of company stock worth $5,052,055. 4.63% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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