Media coverage about Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog 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. Simmons First National Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.6122606566966 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) traded down 0.37% on Friday, reaching $53.95. 501,408 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $52.63 and its 200 day moving average is $53.46. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.74 billion, a PE ratio of 17.82 and a beta of 1.14. Simmons First National Corporation has a 52-week low of $45.90 and a 52-week high of $67.00.
Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 19th. The bank reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.80 by $0.04. Simmons First National Corporation had a net margin of 21.03% and a return on equity of 8.71%. The company had revenue of $112.56 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $110.00 million. Analysts forecast that Simmons First National Corporation will post $3.12 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.85%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. Simmons First National Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 33.00%.
SFNC has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of Simmons First National Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, Stephens upgraded shares of Simmons First National Corporation from an “equal weight” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the company from $60.00 to $64.00 in a research note on Friday, July 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $61.25.
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In other Simmons First National Corporation news, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 547 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total value of $30,085.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 228,399 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,561,945. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Eugene Hunt sold 1,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.62, for a total transaction of $61,944.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 4,030 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $208,028.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 4.63% of the company’s stock.
About Simmons First National Corporation
Simmons First National Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary bank, Simmons Bank, provides financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the market areas they serve. As of December 31, 2016, Simmons Bank conducted banking operations through 150 financial centers located in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee.
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