Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect First Financial Northwest (FFNW) Stock Price

Media coverage about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. 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 Financial Northwest earned a daily sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 49.5287699286133 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised First Financial Northwest from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, January 8th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $18.00 target price on shares of First Financial Northwest in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, FIG Partners raised First Financial Northwest from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th.

FFNW stock opened at $16.00 on Friday. First Financial Northwest has a fifty-two week low of $13.13 and a fifty-two week high of $17.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a current ratio of 1.20. The stock has a market capitalization of $169.29, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.98, a PEG ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.27.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.31 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by $0.08. First Financial Northwest had a return on equity of 6.53% and a net margin of 17.01%. The company had revenue of $10.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.60 million. equities analysts predict that First Financial Northwest will post 1.13 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th were paid a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 8th. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 31.46%.

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About First Financial Northwest

First Financial Northwest, Inc operates as the holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank that provides commercial banking services in Washington. The company offers a range of deposit products, including noninterest bearing accounts, interest-bearing demand accounts, money market deposit accounts, statement savings accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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