BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report released on Tuesday morning, BidAskClub reports.

Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Saturday, January 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Financial from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Friday, January 10th.

Shares of First Financial stock opened at $44.47 on Tuesday. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average of $43.94 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $43.37. The company has a market cap of $609.82 million, a P/E ratio of 11.73 and a beta of 0.91. First Financial has a fifty-two week low of $37.41 and a fifty-two week high of $46.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a current ratio of 0.83.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 6th. The bank reported $1.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $49.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $46.65 million. First Financial had a net margin of 26.06% and a return on equity of 9.79%. Equities research analysts forecast that First Financial will post 3.72 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 8th were paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, January 7th. First Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.37%.

In related news, Director Thomas Craig Martin bought 850 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 16th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $45.75 per share, with a total value of $38,887.50. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 850 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $38,887.50. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 3.73% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in THFF. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in shares of First Financial by 221.7% during the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 563 shares of the bank’s stock worth $26,000 after purchasing an additional 388 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can purchased a new stake in shares of First Financial during the fourth quarter worth about $34,000. Meeder Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of First Financial by 232.7% during the third quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 2,432 shares of the bank’s stock worth $106,000 after purchasing an additional 1,701 shares in the last quarter. AJO LP purchased a new stake in shares of First Financial during the fourth quarter worth about $111,000. Finally, Citigroup Inc. increased its stake in shares of First Financial by 55.1% during the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 2,793 shares of the bank’s stock worth $128,000 after purchasing an additional 992 shares in the last quarter. 55.24% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

First Financial Company Profile

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. It offers non-interest-bearing demand, interest-bearing demand, savings, time, and other time deposits. The company also provides commercial loans primarily to expand a business or finance asset purchases; residential real estate and residential real estate construction loans; and home equity loans and lines, secured loans, and cash/CD secured and unsecured loans.

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