First South Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBK) was upgraded by research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

Shares of First South Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBK) traded up 1.94% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $14.68. 4,344 shares of the company were exchanged. The company has a market capitalization of $139.46 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.92 and a beta of 0.38. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $13.24 and its 200-day moving average is $12.16. First South Bancorp has a 12 month low of $9.05 and a 12 month high of $14.68.

First South Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBK) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The bank reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. First South Bancorp had a net margin of 13.81% and a return on equity of 8.04%. The business had revenue of $11.96 million for the quarter.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 19th. Investors of record on Monday, May 8th were paid a $0.035 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 4th. This is a positive change from First South Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. This represents a $0.14 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.95%. First South Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 19.18%.

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First South Bancorp Company Profile

First South Bancorp, Inc is the bank holding company for First South Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank, the Company operates a commercial banking business. The Bank is a North Carolina chartered commercial bank. The Bank’s segment is providing general commercial banking services to its markets located in the state of North Carolina.

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