Media headlines about Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFST) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Southern First Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the bank an impact score of 44.8198428434116 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Southern First Bancshares (SFST) opened at $43.30 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $318.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.76 and a beta of 0.69. Southern First Bancshares has a 52-week low of $31.40 and a 52-week high of $44.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a current ratio of 1.04 and a quick ratio of 1.03.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on SFST. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. BidaskClub cut shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Southern First Bancshares presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $40.50.

In related news, President F Justin Strickland sold 3,893 shares of Southern First Bancshares stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.50, for a total value of $169,345.50. Following the transaction, the president now owns 67,889 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,953,171.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. In the last quarter, insiders sold 5,657 shares of company stock worth $246,962. 12.85% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Southern First Bancshares

Southern First Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company that owns the capital stock of Southern First Bank (the Bank), a South Carolina state bank, and all of the stock of Greenville First Statutory Trust I and II (the Trusts). The Bank is a commercial bank with approximately nine retail offices located in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

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