Investment analysts from StockNews.com have recently begun coverage on shares of Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC), issuing a “sell” rating on the bank’s stock in a research note for investors. This development has perked the interest of many industry observers who are eager to understand what led to this negative assessment.
Simmons First National is a reputable holding company that offers various financial services and products to both individual and corporate customers. Since its establishment over a century ago, it has demonstrated impressive performances year after year. However, the recent earnings report released by the bank for the last quarter seemed to disappoint analyst expectations, leading to what is now deemed a “sell” rating.
The bank reportedly had an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.37 for Q1 2021, which was below consensus estimates by $0.12. Additionally, its revenue was pegged at $324.97 million as opposed to the expected $227.80 million estimated by analysts. Nevertheless, it had set sights on increasing returns, with reported return on equity posted at an impressive 8.52% and net margin clocking in at 20.55%.
Despite these seemingly positive figures, industry experts have pointed out that comparing Q1 2021 with previous periods showed that there had been a considerable decline in earnings per share from the corresponding period in the previous fiscal year. During this period last year, Simmons First National recorded an EPS of $0.59 compared with its current rate of $0.37. While there were undoubtedly various reasons behind this slump reflected in these numbers – such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic economic uncertainties – nonetheless, investment analysts are still taking note.
To forecast later developments more accurately regarding Simmons First National’s fortunes means keeping up-to-date market information tracking indicators including global inflation rates coupled with regulation policy reviews affecting banking as well as economic outlooks related directly or indirectly through various industries across our interconnected world. Nevertheless, these latest developments in investment coverage highlight the importance of careful monitoring and evaluating all aspects of one’s financial portfolio.
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Simmons First National Corp. (SFNC) seems to be making waves in the finance and investment world as of late, with analysts issuing reports left and right about the company’s performance and potential. TheStreet recently downgraded SFNC from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating, while Robert W. Baird lowered their price target on the company from $28.00 to $26.00 and gave it a “neutral” rating. Despite this, SFNC stock opened at $16.49 on Thursday with a market cap of $2.10 billion.
SFNC is known for providing banking and other financial products and services to individual and corporate customers, having been founded over a century ago in 1903 in Pine Bluff, AR. In other news related to SFNC, CEO Robert A. Fehlman purchased 12,000 shares of the company’s stock on May 1st at an average cost of $16.50 per share, totaling $198,000.
Insiders have reportedly bought a total of 43,675 shares worth $710,780 within the last quarter alone, signifying faith in SFNC’s future growth potential amidst current market conditions.
Meanwhile, hedge funds have begun modifying their holdings of SFNC as well – Venturi Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Simmons First National in the first quarter worth $66k while CoreCap Advisors LLC bought into them during Q4-2020 with an initial purchase value of around $68k.
It remains to be seen what lies ahead for SFNC but one thing is sure given the recent activity: they are causing quite the stir among investors who are eagerly watching developments unfold closely.