Zacks: First Financial Corp (THFF) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) has received a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Brokerages have set a 1 year consensus price target of $50.00 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.90 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given First Financial an industry rank of 150 out of 257 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several research firms have issued reports on THFF. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. ValuEngine lowered shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in shares of First Financial by 19.8% in the second quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 30,100 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,365,000 after purchasing an additional 4,983 shares during the period. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of First Financial in the second quarter valued at about $1,772,000. Swiss National Bank grew its stake in shares of First Financial by 22.9% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 18,226 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $827,000 after acquiring an additional 3,400 shares in the last quarter. LSV Asset Management grew its stake in shares of First Financial by 6.4% in the second quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 147,053 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $6,668,000 after acquiring an additional 8,900 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC grew its stake in shares of First Financial by 17.8% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 213,600 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $9,687,000 after acquiring an additional 32,300 shares in the last quarter. 55.71% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of THFF stock traded up $0.28 during trading on Friday, reaching $46.60. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 200 shares, compared to its average volume of 12,576. The company has a quick ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08. The firm has a market cap of $567.65 million, a PE ratio of 16.07 and a beta of 0.93. First Financial has a one year low of $40.75 and a one year high of $53.05.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $37.74 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $37.60 million. First Financial had a net margin of 23.65% and a return on equity of 10.60%. On average, equities analysts predict that First Financial will post 3.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About First Financial

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. The company offers commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending; lease financing; trust account; depositor; and insurance services. Its deposit products include interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing demand deposits, savings deposits, time deposits, and other time deposits; and loan products comprise commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, consumer loans, and residential real estate and construction loans.

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