Media headlines about First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) have been trending positive on Thursday, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research firm, a division of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Bancshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.31 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
FBMS has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 price objective on shares of First Bancshares in a research report on Wednesday, April 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 28th.
First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) traded down 0.36% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $27.85. 8,922 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $28.37 and a 200 day moving average price of $25.97. First Bancshares has a 52-week low of $15.88 and a 52-week high of $30.80. The company has a market cap of $152.14 million, a PE ratio of 17.78 and a beta of -0.18.
First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.11. First Bancshares had a net margin of 18.11% and a return on equity of 11.25%. The business had revenue of $13.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $13.47 million. Equities analysts predict that First Bancshares will post $1.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In other First Bancshares news, Chairman E Ricky Gibson sold 4,250 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.55, for a total transaction of $117,087.50. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now owns 99,423 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,739,103.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 11.76% of the company’s stock.
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About First Bancshares
The First Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company for The First, A National Banking Association (the Bank) located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Company and the Bank engage in a general commercial and retail banking business for small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals.
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