Headlines about Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFST) have been trending positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Southern First Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.3173225845451 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Several research firms have issued reports on SFST. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $40.50.

Southern First Bancshares (SFST) opened at $43.70 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a current ratio of 1.04. The stock has a market cap of $321.11, a PE ratio of 21.96 and a beta of 0.67. Southern First Bancshares has a one year low of $31.40 and a one year high of $44.65.

In other news, President F Justin Strickland sold 1,107 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.00, for a total transaction of $48,708.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now owns 72,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,178,208. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Michael D. Dowling sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.29, for a total transaction of $169,160.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 28,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,184,416.03. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 9,657 shares of company stock worth $416,122 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 12.85% of the company’s stock.

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About Southern First Bancshares

Southern First Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company that owns the capital stock of Southern First Bank (the Bank), a South Carolina state bank, and all of the stock of Greenville First Statutory Trust I and II (the Trusts). The Bank is a commercial bank with approximately nine retail offices located in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

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