Dean Capital Management Buys New Position in First Financial Bancorp. (FFBC)

Traders are a little more bearish on the company recently if you take note of the rise in short interest. The value of the investment in FBNC went from $3,242,000 to $3,396,000 increasing 4.8% since the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC grew its holdings in shares of First Financial Bancorp.by 16.6% during the 1st quarter.

TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: This report was published by StockNewsTimes and is owned by of StockNewsTimes. It improved, as 6 investors sold FBNC shares while 34 reduced holdings. Zacks downgraded First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) on Wednesday, September 2 to "Sell" rating. Amalgamated Bank grew its holdings in shares of First Financial Bancorp.by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Chartwell Investment Partners, LLC owns 467,925 shares valued at $12,962,000.

07/03/2014 - First Financial Bancorp. was upgraded to "buy" by analysts at TheStreet. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 74.23% of the company's stock. BidaskClub cut First Financial Bancorp. from a "sell" rating to a "strong sell" rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Media headlines about First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. Meeder Asset Management accumulated 986 shares or 0% of the stock.

First Financial Bancorp.is a regional bank holding company. The stock's market capitalization is 1.65B.

It is trading at $26.55 a bit higher than $24.85, the stock's 50 day moving average and which is a tad above the 200 day moving average of $26.26.

First Financial Bancorp. had a net margin of 24.28% and a return on equity of 10.65%. The financial services provider reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $66.87 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $68.26 million.

Analysts expect First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) to report $0.48 EPS on October, 26.They anticipate $0.25 EPS change or 108.70% from last quarter's $0.23 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that First Financial Bancorp. will post $1.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 18th. The short-interest ratio decreased to 9.0 and the percentage of shorted shares was 0.04% on September 15. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 30th. The dividend payment was $0.170 per share for the quarter which comes to $0.68 on an annualized basis. First Financial Bancorp.'s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 45.03%. If you are reading this piece of content on another website, it was stolen and reposted in violation of USA & worldwide trademark & copyright legislation. The correct version of this report can be viewed at https://stocknewstimes.com/2017/10/12/first-financial-bancorp-ffbc-scheduled-to-post-earnings-on-thursday.html. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 74,170 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,905,427.30. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 70,536 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $2,440,000 after buying an additional 27,385 shares during the last quarter. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Financial Bancorp. from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday. Price T Rowe Md has 0% invested in First Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:FFBC) for 31,321 shares.

July 27 investment analysts at Barclays held the stock rating at "Underweight" and moved down the price target from $26.00 to $25.00. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a "hold" rating and issued a $29.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Bancorp.in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Stieven Capital Advisors Lp sold 21,000 shares as First Bancorp N C (FBNC)'s stock declined 9.05%. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. First Financial Bancorp. now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $28.29.

Stieven Capital Advisors Lp decreased First Bancorp N C (FBNC) stake by 3.99% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. First Financial is engaged in the business of commercial banking and other banking and banking-related activities through its subsidiary, First Financial Bank, National Association (the Bank).

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