First Bancshares (FBMS) Receives News Sentiment Score of 0.13

Headlines about First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Bancshares earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.7551508459714 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

FBMS has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, January 12th. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $32.00 price objective on shares of First Bancshares in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Shares of First Bancshares (NASDAQ FBMS) opened at $33.65 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. First Bancshares has a 1-year low of $26.05 and a 1-year high of $35.10. The company has a market cap of $372.94, a PE ratio of 29.26 and a beta of -0.29.

First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The bank reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.46 by $0.05. First Bancshares had a net margin of 14.14% and a return on equity of 9.20%. equities analysts anticipate that First Bancshares will post 1.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director J Douglas Seidenburg acquired 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $29.00 per share, for a total transaction of $87,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 100,740 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,921,460. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Insiders acquired 4,250 shares of company stock valued at $123,250 over the last 90 days. 11.76% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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First Bancshares Company Profile

The First Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company for The First, A National Banking Association (the Bank). The Company and the Bank engage in a general commercial and retail banking business for small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals. The Bank provides a range of banking services in its primary market area of South Mississippi, South Alabama and Louisiana.

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