Southern First Bancshares (SFST) Given Daily News Impact Score of -0.25

Media coverage about Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFST) has trended somewhat negative on Sunday, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Southern First Bancshares earned a coverage optimism score of -0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 100 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFST)

Shares of Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ SFST) opened at 35.90 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $232.63 million, a PE ratio of 18.42 and a beta of 0.63. Southern First Bancshares has a 1-year low of $22.30 and a 1-year high of $38.55. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $35.04 and a 200-day moving average of $34.13.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 29th. Sandler O’Neill upgraded shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $35.00 to $38.00 in a research note on Monday, May 1st. ValuEngine cut shares of Southern First Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $36.00 target price on shares of Southern First Bancshares and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 4th.

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In other news, Director Leighton M. Cubbage sold 965 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.91, for a total transaction of $30,793.15. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 88,654 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,828,949.14. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 14.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About Southern First Bancshares

Southern First Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company that owns the capital stock of Southern First Bank (the Bank), a South Carolina state bank, and all of the stock of Greenville First Statutory Trust I and II (the Trusts). The Bank is a commercial bank with approximately nine retail offices located in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South TradingView.widget({ “height”: 400, “width”: 625, “symbol”: “NASDAQ:SFST”, “interval”: “D”, “timezone”: “Etc/UTC”, “theme”: “White”, “style”: “1”, “locale”: “en”, “toolbar_bg”: “#f1f3f6”, “enable_publishing”: false, “hideideas”: true, “referral_id”: “2588”});

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