First Hawaiian (NASDAQ:FHB) Given Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.13

Press coverage about First Hawaiian (NASDAQ:FHB) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Hawaiian earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.2890992267898 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on FHB shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Hawaiian from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. UBS started coverage on shares of First Hawaiian in a research report on Thursday. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Hawaiian from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Hawaiian from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded shares of First Hawaiian from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.50.

First Hawaiian stock traded down $0.16 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $28.74. 84,988 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 371,586. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,009.34, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.89, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.48. First Hawaiian has a 52 week low of $26.30 and a 52 week high of $32.36.

First Hawaiian (NASDAQ:FHB) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $134.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $135.40 million. First Hawaiian had a net margin of 23.80% and a return on equity of 9.10%. First Hawaiian’s quarterly revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.40 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that First Hawaiian will post 1.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 26th were paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. This is a positive change from First Hawaiian’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 23rd. First Hawaiian’s payout ratio is currently 72.73%.

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First Hawaiian Company Profile

First Hawaiian, Inc, formerly BancWest Corporation, is a bank holding company. The Company owns First Hawaiian Bank. It operates through three segments: Retail Banking, which includes the financial products and services it provides to consumers, small businesses and certain commercial customers; Commercial Banking, which includes its corporate banking, residential and commercial real estate loans, commercial lease financing, auto dealer financing, deposit products and credit cards, and Treasury and Other, which includes its treasury business, which consists of corporate asset and liability management activities, including interest rate risk management.

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