News coverage about Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Simmons First National earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.0796923631553 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Simmons First National (NASDAQ SFNC) traded down $0.05 on Monday, reaching $59.85. 232,900 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 193,394. The company has a current ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,750.00, a P/E ratio of 18.94 and a beta of 1.14. Simmons First National has a fifty-two week low of $49.75 and a fifty-two week high of $63.45.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. Simmons First National’s payout ratio is 31.65%.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Simmons First National from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Simmons First National and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th. BidaskClub raised shares of Simmons First National from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Simmons First National in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $62.40.

In other news, insider Vernon Wilson Jr. Bryant sold 22,888 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.87, for a total value of $1,255,864.56. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 211,353 shares in the company, valued at $11,596,939.11. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Christopher R. Kirkland sold 33,009 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.41, for a total transaction of $1,829,028.69. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 168,276 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,324,173.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 382,131 shares of company stock worth $21,656,057. Insiders own 4.63% of the company’s stock.

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About Simmons First National

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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