First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) has been given a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating.

Analysts have set a 1 year consensus target price of $50.00 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $0.90 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given First Financial an industry rank of 164 out of 257 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on THFF shares. BidaskClub lowered First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 1st. ValuEngine lowered First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of First Financial by 1.1% in the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 895,396 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $44,950,000 after acquiring an additional 10,038 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of First Financial by 1.3% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 531,099 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $26,661,000 after acquiring an additional 6,795 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp lifted its holdings in shares of First Financial by 3.3% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 412,297 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $18,698,000 after acquiring an additional 13,001 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its holdings in shares of First Financial by 17.8% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 213,600 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $9,687,000 after acquiring an additional 32,300 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Walthausen & Co. LLC bought a new position in shares of First Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at about $7,769,000. 55.60% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of First Financial stock traded up $0.32 during trading on Friday, reaching $44.38. 16,977 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 11,594. The firm has a market cap of $539.96 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.30 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a quick ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08. First Financial has a 52-week low of $40.75 and a 52-week high of $53.05.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.92 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $37.74 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $37.60 million. First Financial had a return on equity of 10.60% and a net margin of 23.65%. On average, equities analysts expect that First Financial will post 3.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 8th will be issued a $0.51 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 2.21%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, January 7th. First Financial’s payout ratio is 35.17%.

About First Financial

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. The company offers commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending; lease financing; trust account; depositor; and insurance services. Its deposit products include interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing demand deposits, savings deposits, time deposits, and other time deposits; and loan products comprise commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, consumer loans, and residential real estate and construction loans.

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