News stories about Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National earned a news impact score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.7627113795876 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- Simmons First National Co. (SFNC) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- KBRA Assigns Senior Unsecured Debt Rating of BBB+ to Simmons First National Corporation (bizjournals.com)
- Head to Head Comparison: Simmons First National (SFNC) and Chemung Financial (CHMG) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Simmons First National (SFNC) Stock Rating Upgraded by BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of Simmons First National stock traded down $0.85 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $29.55. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 73,212 shares, compared to its average volume of 438,814. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 1.01 and a quick ratio of 1.01. The company has a market cap of $2,795.22, a PE ratio of 22.19 and a beta of 1.15. Simmons First National has a 1-year low of $24.88 and a 1-year high of $30.90.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.03%. Simmons First National’s payout ratio is 43.80%.
Several analysts have issued reports on SFNC shares. BidaskClub raised Simmons First National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Sandler O’Neill raised Simmons First National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Simmons First National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Simmons First National has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $31.90.
In other news, EVP Steven C. Wade sold 8,610 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.34, for a total value of $252,617.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Vernon Wilson Jr. Bryant sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.19, for a total value of $1,479,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 185,853 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,000,639.07. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 78,610 shares of company stock valued at $4,085,217 in the last three months. Insiders own 4.63% of the company’s stock.
Simmons First National Company Profile
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, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.
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