News stories about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) have trended positive on Friday, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a daily sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.0663858364356 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Shares of First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ FFNW) traded up 0.98% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $17.54. The stock had a trading volume of 6,704 shares. First Financial Northwest has a 52-week low of $14.07 and a 52-week high of $21.29. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $16.62 and its 200-day moving average price is $16.42. The firm has a market cap of $181.77 million, a PE ratio of 19.55 and a beta of 0.36.
First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The bank reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.22 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $9.73 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.75 million. First Financial Northwest had a net margin of 20.79% and a return on equity of 6.85%. On average, analysts anticipate that First Financial Northwest will post $0.90 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th were paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.61%. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio is presently 30.77%.
FFNW has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Financial Northwest from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. ValuEngine downgraded First Financial Northwest from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st.
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In other news, Director Joann E. Lee sold 6,619 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.12, for a total value of $106,698.28. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 95,604 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,541,136.48. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Joseph W. Kiley III sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.04, for a total value of $240,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 44,250 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $709,770. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 26,219 shares of company stock valued at $421,060. Company insiders own 7.31% of the company’s stock.
About First Financial Northwest
First Financial Northwest, Inc (First Financial Northwest) is a holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the Bank). The Bank primarily serves the greater Puget Sound region of King and to a lesser extent, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, Washington through its full-service banking office located in Renton, Washington and branch office in Mill Creek, Washington.
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