Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect First Financial Bankshares (FFIN) Stock Price

News headlines about First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Bankshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.5580602501148 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) opened at $45.50 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $3,074.66, a PE ratio of 25.14 and a beta of 1.33. First Financial Bankshares has a 1 year low of $36.85 and a 1 year high of $49.60.

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First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.44 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $83.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $90.40 million. First Financial Bankshares had a return on equity of 12.61% and a net margin of 35.72%. equities research analysts expect that First Financial Bankshares will post 2.07 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 2nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.67%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. First Financial Bankshares’s payout ratio is presently 41.99%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on FFIN shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Financial Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Financial Bankshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Hovde Group set a $46.00 target price on shares of First Financial Bankshares and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $48.00 target price on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. First Financial Bankshares presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.86.

In other First Financial Bankshares news, Director Steven L. Beal sold 15,973 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.37, for a total value of $756,641.01. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 1,465 shares in the company, valued at approximately $69,397.05. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Johnny Trotter acquired 11,400 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 6th. The stock was bought at an average price of $45.10 per share, with a total value of $514,140.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 388,938 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,541,103.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 4.77% of the company’s stock.

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About First Financial Bankshares

First Financial Bankshares, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, conducts commercial banking business. The Company’s subsidiaries included First Financial Bank, National Association, Abilene, Texas; First Technology Services, Inc, Abilene, Texas; First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, National Association, Abilene, Texas; First Financial Investments, Inc, Abilene, Texas, First Financial Insurance Agency, Inc, Abilene, Texas, Commercial Bancshares, Inc, and Commercial State Bank, Kingwood, Texas.

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