First Savings Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:FSFG) has earned a consensus broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the one brokers that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a strong buy recommendation.

Brokerages have set a 1 year consensus price objective of $75.00 for the company, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned First Savings Financial Group an industry rank of 64 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Separately, Maxim Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 target price on shares of First Savings Financial Group in a research report on Tuesday, November 20th.

In other news, Director Samuel E. Eckart sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.05, for a total transaction of $102,100.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 12,766 shares in the company, valued at approximately $651,704.30. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, COO John P. Lawson, Jr. sold 4,955 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.45, for a total transaction of $249,979.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 9,532 shares of company stock worth $486,571 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 17.30% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in First Savings Financial Group by 5.4% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 82,272 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $4,273,000 after acquiring an additional 4,184 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc boosted its stake in First Savings Financial Group by 1.3% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 46,218 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $3,155,000 after acquiring an additional 605 shares in the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its stake in First Savings Financial Group by 17.3% in the third quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 34,793 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $2,376,000 after acquiring an additional 5,131 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in First Savings Financial Group by 15.4% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 9,081 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $620,000 after acquiring an additional 1,215 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in First Savings Financial Group by 13.8% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 7,342 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $381,000 after acquiring an additional 891 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 24.95% of the company’s stock.

Shares of FSFG traded up $0.08 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $53.07. 4,914 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,221. First Savings Financial Group has a 52 week low of $45.36 and a 52 week high of $74.50. The company has a market capitalization of $122.80 million, a PE ratio of 10.72 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a quick ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21.

First Savings Financial Group (NASDAQ:FSFG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 29th. The bank reported $1.24 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.16. First Savings Financial Group had a net margin of 17.18% and a return on equity of 11.83%. The business had revenue of $15.36 million during the quarter.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 8th will be given a dividend of $0.16 per share. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.21%. This is a boost from First Savings Financial Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.15. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 7th.

About First Savings Financial Group

First Savings Financial Group, Inc operates as the holding company for First Savings Bank that provides various banking products and services to consumers and businesses in southern Indiana. The company operates through Core Banking and SBA Lending segments. It accepts deposits, such as checking accounts, NOW and money market accounts, regular savings accounts, and time deposits.

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