Media headlines about First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Bancshares earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.2913486016602 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.
FBMS has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of First Bancshares in a report on Friday, December 22nd. ValuEngine raised shares of First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of First Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 10th. Finally, Stephens reissued a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 target price on shares of First Bancshares in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently 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. First Bancshares has a one year low of $26.05 and a one year high of $35.10. The company has a market cap of $371.83, a P/E ratio of 29.60 and a beta of -0.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.86, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Investors of record on Monday, February 5th were paid a dividend of $0.05 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 2nd. This is a positive change from First Bancshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.60%. First Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio is currently 17.86%.
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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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