The Insider Activity Of Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) Is Worth Monitoring

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) finished Friday with an addition of $0.02 to close at $31.07, an upside of 0.06 percent. An average of 438,880 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.64 in the past week, and it reached a new high 29 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 365,265 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 382,150.

SFNC stock has increased by 8.11% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $28.10 on 09/23/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 03/12/21, shares of the company touched a low of $16.19 and a high of $33.43 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 20 times so far this year and achieved 43.91% or $9.48 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -7.06% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

263 days have passed since Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) last reported insider trading activity. Casteel Marty, who is Director, most recently acquired $76,170 shares at $25.32 per share on Feb 02.

Valuation Metrics

Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12.97, which compares with the 16.80 for the broader industry and 13.15 for the sector. In the last five years, Simmons First National Corporation’s PE ratio has ranged between 43.77 and 5.602. The stock’s beta is 0.88. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 5.25, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.11, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 16.85.

Simmons First National Corporation pays a $0.72 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 2.32%. The company has a payout ratio of 28.70%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Oct. 4, and it was $0.18 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 10 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.01 reported on Tuesday January 26 2021.Dividends have grown by 36.00% each year over the last three years.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.14 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.14 for the quarter ending June 29. Its gross profit as reported stood at $639.73 million compared to revenue of $759.72 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Simmons First National Corporation’s return on assets was 1.20%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 11.10 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, Simmons First National Corporation had $383.14 million in total debt. The analyst consensus anticipated Simmons First National Corporation’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.52 per share, but it turned out to be $0.69, a 32.70% surprise. At the end of the quarter ending June 29, Simmons First National Corporation’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $1.94 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $108.28 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 22 October was 64.77%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 18.40%.

As of today, SFNC’s price is $30.75 +2.10% or $0.64 from its 5-day moving average. SFNC is currently trading +6.92% higher than its 20-day SMA and +1.80% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +5.61% above the SMA50 and +21.41% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 91.11% and 75.73%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.68. With the 14-day stochastic at 85.16% and the average true range at 0.72, the RSI (14) stands at 62.32%. The stock has reached 0.48 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 0.53.

Analyst Ratings

Raymond James downgraded Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) to a a Mkt perform rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as an Outperform. The consensus rating for Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) among analysts is Hold. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell SFNC, while 6 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 0 analysts, while 0 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is SFNC’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $29.00 and $32.00, with a median target of $30.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) stock is $30.60.


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