First Horizon (NYSE:FHN) Rating Lowered to Sell at StockNews.com

StockNews.com lowered shares of First Horizon (NYSE:FHNFree Report) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

Several other analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group reduced their price target on shares of First Horizon from $15.00 to $12.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Wedbush raised shares of First Horizon from a neutral rating to an outperform rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $12.00 to $14.00 in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a sector perform rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of First Horizon in a report on Friday, January 19th. Wells Fargo & Company lifted their price objective on shares of First Horizon from $11.50 to $14.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on shares of First Horizon from $13.00 to $13.50 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. According to data from MarketBeat.com, the stock presently has an average rating of Moderate Buy and an average price target of $14.35.

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First Horizon Stock Performance

NYSE FHN opened at $13.74 on Wednesday. The company has a fifty day simple moving average of $13.99 and a 200 day simple moving average of $12.61. First Horizon has a 12-month low of $8.99 and a 12-month high of $24.90. The company has a current ratio of 0.95, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13. The company has a market cap of $7.68 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.98, a PEG ratio of 3.99 and a beta of 0.95.

First Horizon (NYSE:FHNGet Free Report) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.01. First Horizon had a net margin of 17.80% and a return on equity of 9.94%. The business had revenue of $1.27 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $784.20 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.51 EPS. Sell-side analysts predict that First Horizon will post 1.42 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

First Horizon Dividend Announcement

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 1st. Investors of record on Friday, March 15th will be issued a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.37%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 14th. First Horizon’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 39.22%.

First Horizon declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback program on Tuesday, January 23rd that authorizes the company to repurchase $650.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to purchase up to 7.7% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On First Horizon

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in FHN. Macroview Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in First Horizon in the 3rd quarter valued at about $25,000. FNY Investment Advisers LLC raised its stake in First Horizon by 241.5% in the 3rd quarter. FNY Investment Advisers LLC now owns 2,800 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $30,000 after acquiring an additional 1,980 shares during the period. Lazard Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in First Horizon in the 2nd quarter valued at about $31,000. Spire Wealth Management raised its stake in First Horizon by 156.9% in the 2nd quarter. Spire Wealth Management now owns 3,334 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $38,000 after acquiring an additional 2,036 shares during the period. Finally, FWL Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in First Horizon in the 4th quarter valued at about $39,000. 76.44% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About First Horizon

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First Horizon Corporation operates as the bank holding company for First Horizon Bank that provides various financial services. The company operates through three segments: Regional Banking, Specialty Banking, and Corporate. It offers general banking services for consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments.

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