First Bancshares (FBMS) Earns News Sentiment Rating of 0.18
News coverage about First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 45.2913486016602 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 price target on shares of First Bancshares in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price target on shares of First Bancshares in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. First Bancshares currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $38.00.
Shares of First Bancshares (FBMS) opened at $33.15 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.85. The company has a market cap of $371.83, a P/E ratio of 29.60 and a beta of -0.38. First Bancshares has a 12-month low of $26.05 and a 12-month high of $35.10.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Investors of record on Monday, February 5th were given a $0.05 dividend. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.60%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 2nd. This is an increase from First Bancshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. First Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio is 17.86%.
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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