First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) shares traded on -2.28% down secure line and closed at $5.58. The stock exchanged hands 2.1 Million shares versus average trading capacity of 1.49 Million shares. It has a market cap of $1.2 Billion.
Wall Street analysts are predicting that First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) will report earnings per share of $0.12 in their quarterly report. For the current quarter First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) has high EPS estimates of $0.12 in contradiction of low EPS estimates of $0.11. However a year ago for the same quarter the company has reported $0.11 EPS. Average estimation for the current quarter has been provided by 6 analysts.
Investors as well as the sell-side will be paying close attention to how the actual numbers compare with the estimates. Earnings surprises can have a huge impact on a company’s stock price. Several studies suggest that positive earnings surprises not only lead to an immediate hike in a stock’s price, but also to a gradual increase over time. Hence, it’s not surprising that some companies are known for routinely beating earning projections. A negative earnings surprise will usually result in a decline in share price.
A large surprise factor in either direction typically can lead to a significant swing in the stock price in the hours and days after the report. Previously First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.02 with surprise factor of 18.2%.
First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) has average revenue estimates of $126.27 Million, compared to low analyst estimates of $125.35 Million and high estimates of $128.7 Million for the current quarter. A total number of 4 analysts provided estimations over revenues. For the current year the company’s revenue estimates are $518.19 Million compared to low analyst estimates of $498.32 Million and high estimates of $563.32 Million according to the prediction of 4 analysts.
Taking a broader look at the analyst consensus, according to 6 analysts First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP)’s price will reach at $7.46 during 52 weeks. Its minimum price target estimates has been figured out at $6.75 while the maximum price target forecast is established at $9.
On the other hand First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 37.08 along with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.16. Where the relative strength index (RSI) is a technical momentum indicator that compares the magnitude of recent gains to recent losses in an attempt to determine excess buying & selling conditions of an asset, it is one of the most popular technical indicators, computed on the basis of the speed and direction of a stock’s price movement. The RSI value will always move between 0 and 100; the value will be 0 if the stock falls on all 14 days, and 100, if the price moves up on all the days) as suggested by J Welles Wilder. In terms of market analysis and trading signals, RSI moving above the horizontal 30 reference level is viewed as a bullish indicator, while the RSI moving below the horizontal 70 reference level is seen to be a bearish indicator. The level of 50 represents neutral market momentum and corresponds with the center line in other oscillators such as MACD (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence). The average true range (ATR) is a measure of volatility introduced by Welles Wilder.
Consequently First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP)’s weekly and monthly volatility is 2.04%, 2.57% respectively.