First Bancshares (FBMS) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Finds

News articles about First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Bancshares earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.2913486016602 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

A number of brokerages have commented on FBMS. Zacks Investment Research cut First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. BidaskClub raised First Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 10th. Stephens reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of First Bancshares in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. ValuEngine upgraded First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of First Bancshares in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $38.00.

Shares of FBMS stock traded up $0.15 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $32.40. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 24,761 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,341. The firm has a market cap of $394.25, a P/E ratio of 18.05 and a beta of -0.38. First Bancshares has a one year low of $26.05 and a one year high of $35.10. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 0.89 and a current ratio of 0.90.

First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 26th. The bank reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.45. The firm had revenue of $18.78 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.55 million. First Bancshares had a return on equity of 9.49% and a net margin of 13.20%. equities analysts predict that First Bancshares will post 2.21 EPS for the current year.

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About First Bancshares

The First Bancshares, Inc operates as the holding company for The First, A National Banking Association that provides general commercial and retail banking services. The company operates through three segments: Commercial/Retail Bank, Mortgage Banking Division, and Holding Company. It offers deposit services, including checking, NOW, and savings accounts; other time deposits, such as daily money market accounts and longer-term certificates of deposit; and individual retirement accounts.

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