BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note published on Tuesday.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine upgraded First Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut First Financial from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, 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.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) opened at $46.20 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $564.74, a PE ratio of 16.21 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a 1-year low of $39.55 and a 1-year high of $53.49.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72. The company had revenue of $35.65 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.71 million. First Financial had a return on equity of 8.11% and a net margin of 23.48%. equities analysts forecast that First Financial will post 2.87 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced 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. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. This represents a yield of 2.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. First Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.09%.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in First Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at about $1,721,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in First Financial by 2.7% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 105,094 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $5,003,000 after purchasing an additional 2,751 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its stake in First Financial by 58.2% in the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 11,787 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $561,000 after purchasing an additional 4,334 shares during the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC lifted its stake in First Financial by 54.0% in the 3rd quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 10,477 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $499,000 after purchasing an additional 3,672 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its stake in First Financial by 20.1% in the 3rd quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 30,262 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,440,000 after purchasing an additional 5,070 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 53.74% of the company’s stock.

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First Financial Company Profile

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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