$0.53 EPS Expected for First Bancorp (FBNC)

$0.53 EPS Expected for First Bancorp (FBNC)

Douglass Winthrop Advisors Llc bought 2,397 shares as the company's stock rose 2.53% with the market. Bb&T Securities Limited Company reported 12,311 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,110.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.10, a P/E/G ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 1.93. The stock increased 0.36% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $58.69. About 110,448 shares traded or 2.22% up from the average. ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPH) has risen 42.75% since January 5, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 29.57% the S&P500. First Bancorp had a return on equity of 5.33% and a net margin of 14.23%. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.36, for a total value of $55,476,000.00. Eagle Boston Mgmt owns 304,923 shares. First Bancorp has a 52-week low of $4.48 and a 52-week high of $7.02.

The stock increased 0.74% or $0.06 during the last trading session, reaching $8.21. About 1.49M shares traded. First Financial Bancorp. (NASDAQ:FFBC) has risen 33.86% since January 4, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.14% the S&P500. After having $0.53 EPS previously, First Bancorp's analysts see 0.00 % EPS growth. Therefore 44% are positive. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an "overweight" rating and issued a $37.00 target price on shares of First Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Citigroup raised shares of First Bancorp from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Tuesday, July 25 with "Buy". The firm earned "Buy" rating on Friday, November 10 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock has "Neutral" rating by PiperJaffray on Thursday, October 6. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with "Buy" on Friday, November 10. The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ:WEN) earnings have declined with a quarterly rate of -10% over the last 5 years. On Wednesday, May 11 the stock rating was downgraded by FIG Partners to "Market Perform".

Analysts expect First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) to report $0.53 EPS on January, 25.They anticipate $0.13 EPS change or 32.50 % from last quarter's $0.4 EPS. They expect $0.05 earnings per share, down 54.55% or $0.06 from last year's $0.11 per share. ORRF's profit would be $3.17 million giving it 16.15 P/E if the $0.38 EPS is correct. After $0.13 actual EPS reported by First Bancorp for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -61.54% negative EPS growth.

Since December 20, 2017, it had 1 insider purchase, and 0 selling transactions for $99,180 activity. The company has a current ratio of 1.05, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Bancorp from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $40.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday. 34 funds opened positions while 46 raised stakes. (NASDAQ:ORRF). Meeder Asset Inc, Ohio-based fund reported 236 shares. Shell Asset owns 17,443 shares. Virginia Retirement Systems Et Al reported 16,600 shares.

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News coverage about First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Natixis owns 9,018 shares or 0% of their United States portfolio. Victory Mgmt Inc owns 48,805 shares. The institutional investor owned 124,755 shares of the bank's stock after purchasing an additional 2,725 shares during the period. Ngam L P has 0.08% invested in First Financial Bancorp. Thomas J Herzfeld Advsr Incorporated holds 0.84% or 370,875 shares. State Street Corp now owns 179,411 shares of the bank's stock valued at $4,855,000 after buying an additional 14,952 shares during the period.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.92 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.10, from 0.82 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 65 investors sold DISCA shares while 163 reduced holdings. Macquarie Group Inc Limited reported 2.77 million shares. Fmr Ltd Company holds 7.92M shares or 0% of its portfolio. Hbk Invests LP invested in 0.01% or 212,100 shares. Brandes Inv Prtnrs LP stated it has 18,348 shares. The California-based Ares Management Llc has invested 0.09% in the stock. (NYSE:IT) to report earnings on February, 1. New York-based Bristol John W And Co has invested 2.04% in Ecolab Inc. Dimensional Fund Lp has 11.71M shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Hyman Charles D accumulated 6,349 shares. (NASDAQ:ORRF). Kennedy Management Inc, a Missouri-based fund reported 21,249 shares. 305,189 were reported by Leuthold Gp Limited Liability. Guggenheim Cap Ltd Liability reported 426,347 shares. The stock of First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, January 2 by Brean Capital. (NASDAQ:FFBC) rating on Monday, October 23. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NASDAQ:FFBC) for 254,550 shares. The rating was upgraded by Nomura to "Neutral" on Monday, April 3. The stock has "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Wednesday, January 6. Oppenheimer maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) on Tuesday, January 19 with "Outperform" rating. (NASDAQ:FFBC) for 1 shares. The firm has "Sell" rating by Zacks given on Wednesday, September 2. Nomura maintained Ecolab Inc.

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