Equities analysts predict that First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) will report earnings per share of $0.70 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for First Financial’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.71 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.69. First Financial reported earnings of $0.68 per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 2.9%. The business is expected to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, February 6th.

On average, analysts expect that First Financial will report full-year earnings of $2.87 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.86 to $2.87. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $2.87 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.85 to $2.89. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover First Financial.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last announced its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72. First Financial had a return on equity of 8.11% and a net margin of 23.48%. The firm had revenue of $35.65 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.71 million.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the company. ValuEngine raised First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research cut First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a report on Tuesday, October 24th.

Shares of First Financial (NASDAQ THFF) traded up $0.30 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $48.50. The company had a trading volume of 15,851 shares, compared to its average volume of 16,684. First Financial has a 1 year low of $39.55 and a 1 year high of $53.49. The company has a market capitalization of $589.18, a PE ratio of 16.91 and a beta of 0.85.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Monday, January 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.51 per share. This is a boost from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. This represents a yield of 2.14%. First Financial’s payout ratio is presently 35.09%.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in THFF. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in First Financial by 1.4% in the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 7,453 shares of the bank’s stock worth $353,000 after buying an additional 105 shares during the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE grew its position in First Financial by 7.3% in the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 3,194 shares of the bank’s stock worth $152,000 after buying an additional 216 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers grew its position in First Financial by 1.5% in the second quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 16,071 shares of the bank’s stock worth $760,000 after buying an additional 235 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio grew its position in First Financial by 2.0% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 15,100 shares of the bank’s stock worth $714,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its position in First Financial by 5.3% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 8,670 shares of the bank’s stock worth $411,000 after buying an additional 438 shares during the last quarter. 53.76% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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First Financial Company Profile

First Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers financial services, including commercial, mortgage and consumer lending, lease financing, trust account services, depositor services and insurance services. The Company’s subsidiaries include First Financial Bank, N.A.

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