Media headlines about Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 44.7164524360524 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) traded down $0.20 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $55.15. The company had a trading volume of 207,042 shares, compared to its average volume of 165,483. The company has a market capitalization of $2,565.13, a PE ratio of 16.81 and a beta of 1.16. Simmons First National Corporation has a 52-week low of $49.75 and a 52-week high of $67.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a current ratio of 0.90.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. Sandler O’Neill restated a “hold” rating and issued a $62.00 price objective on shares of Simmons First National Corporation in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Simmons First National Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Simmons First National Corporation in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Stephens upgraded Simmons First National Corporation from an “equal weight” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the company from $60.00 to $64.00 in a report on Friday, July 21st. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Simmons First National Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $62.40.

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In other news, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.12, for a total value of $2,756,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 208,276 shares in the company, valued at $11,480,173.12. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Russell William Teubner sold 4,334 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.69, for a total value of $241,360.46. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 705 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $39,261.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 179,289 shares of company stock valued at $9,889,418. Company insiders own 4.63% of the company’s stock.

Simmons First National Corporation Company Profile

Simmons First National Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary bank, Simmons Bank, provides financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the market areas they serve. As of December 31, 2016, Simmons Bank conducted banking operations through 150 financial centers located in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

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