First Financial Corp (THFF) Lifted to "Hold" at Zacks Investment Research

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,679,552 shares of the company's stock worth $36,848,000 after buying an additional 41,327 shares during the last quarter.

EverBank Financial Corp. was downgraded to "hold" by analysts at Maxim Group. Keefe Bruyette & Woods Maintains the company's stock to Market Perform on 8/09/16 by setting a price target of $15.5. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Cardinal Financial Corp. from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $28.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 2nd.

13 Insider Sales transactions were made totaling 653032 shares traded. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.08, for a total value of $5,852,788.96. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 298,564 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,037,532.28. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. The stock climbed 5.4 percent over the past quarter, while surged 57.67 percent over the past six months. There is no concrete way to calculate a price target.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Kassirer Asset Management Corp increased its stake in Astoria Financial Corp by 52.4% in the third quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC purchased a new position in Carolina Financial Corp during the fourth quarter valued at $4,609,000. Global X Management Co.

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New Mountain Finance Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. Aperio Group LLC now owns 10,607 shares of the company's stock worth $431,000 after buying an additional 413 shares during the period. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in First Financial Corp by 26.0% in the third quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 619,857 shares of the company's stock worth $13,600,000 after buying an additional 293,103 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 75.46% of the company's stock. The Monthly and Yearly performances are 12.68 percent and 39.98 percent respectively. Capital One Financial Corp. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $14.65 and a 200 day moving average price of $14.11. The company maintains price to book ratio of 1.91 vs.an industry average at 3.31. Astoria Financial Corp had a net margin of 14.14% and a return on equity of 4.57%. (NYSE:COF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 24th.

For the upcoming quarter, initial predictions are anticipating that the company will post earnings of $0.24 per share according to consensus of 29 analysts. The company beat the analyst EPS Estimate with the difference of $0. According to analysts minimum EPS for the current quarter is expected at $0.21 and can go high up to $0.24. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.58 EPS.

Zacks offers analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 7th. Investors of record on Friday, March 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, February 13th.

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