First Financial Northwest (FFNW) Receiving Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

News coverage about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) has trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.6850575460925 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

FFNW has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised First Financial Northwest from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research report on Friday, December 22nd.

Shares of First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ FFNW) remained flat at $$16.31 during midday trading on Tuesday. 5,800 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 12,614. First Financial Northwest has a 1 year low of $14.83 and a 1 year high of $21.29. The company has a current ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36. The stock has a market cap of $175.53, a PE ratio of 18.75, a PEG ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 0.32.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The bank reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by ($0.05). First Financial Northwest had a net margin of 18.74% and a return on equity of 6.45%. The firm had revenue of $10.11 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.15 million. equities analysts predict that First Financial Northwest will post 0.81 earnings per share for the current year.

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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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