Headlines about First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing 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. First Financial earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.3096430988099 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

THFF has been the topic of several analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th.

First Financial (NASDAQ THFF) traded up $0.41 during trading on Friday, hitting $45.55. The company had a trading volume of 24,381 shares, compared to its average volume of 16,831. First Financial has a 12-month low of $39.55 and a 12-month high of $53.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $556.80, a P/E ratio of 15.98 and a beta of 0.85.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72. First Financial had a return on equity of 8.11% and a net margin of 23.48%. The firm had revenue of $35.65 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $35.71 million. research analysts predict that First Financial will post 2.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Monday, January 8th will be paid a $0.51 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, January 5th. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. This represents a dividend yield of 2.14%. First Financial’s payout ratio is 35.09%.

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About First Financial

First Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers financial services, including commercial, mortgage and consumer lending, lease financing, trust account services, depositor services and insurance services. The Company’s subsidiaries include First Financial Bank, N.A.

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