Business First Bancshares Inc. (BFST) Reports -26.08% Fall From For 52 Week High, It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn


Business First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST) does about 84.84K shares in volume on a normal day but saw 298089 shares change hands in Friday trading. The company now has a market cap of 505.31M USD. Its current market price is $20.10, marking an increase of 0.50% compared to the previous close of $20.00. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $27.19 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $19.98. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $20.40 and a low of $20.01.

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Business First Bancshares Inc. (BFST) has a 20-day trading average at $20.78 and the current price is -26.08% off the 52-week high compared with 0.60% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $21.43 and its 200-day simple moving average is $22.33. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 1.92%, which increases to 2.05% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 36.03 to suggest the stock is neutral.

6 analysts observing the Business First Bancshares Inc. (BFST) stock have set the 12-month price targets for the company’s shares at between $24.00 and $27.50. The consensus objective for the share price is $26.60, suggesting that the stock has a potential upside of 24.44% over the period. The median price target is 22.69% away from the current levels at $26.00.

FactSet Research has provided data showing that 6 brokerages have issued ratings for the stock. 0 analysts have rated it as a sell, while 0 advise that it is a overweight. 5 analysts have rated it as a buy and 1 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Buy and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Strong Buy the stock.

Raymond James initiated its price target at $28.

The current price level is -3.52%, -6.50%, and -10.04% away from its SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200 respectively, with the BFST price moving above the 50-day SMA on February 17. Business First Bancshares Inc. (BFST) stock is down -2.99% over the week and -4.19% over the past month. Its price is -9.21% year-to-date and -25.39% over the past year.

The stock last released its quarterly earnings report for quarter ended 12/30/2022, with the company’s earnings per share (EPS) of $0.66 above consensus estimates by $0.06. The company’s next earnings report is expected on 04/25/2023, with forecasts estimating quarterly EPS at $0.55 and $2.46 for whole year. BFST’s earnings per share are forecast to shrink by -2.40% this year and 8.50% over next year. Expected sales for next quarter are $64.24 million, which analysts say will come at $259.93 million for the current fiscal year and next year at $285.23 million. In addition, estimates put the company’s current quarterly revenue at an average of $62.07 million.

Its 12-month price target is $26.00. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to grow 24.44 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $24.00, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $27.50.

Outstanding shares total 25.11M with insiders holding 6.39% of the shares and institutional holders owning 32.78% of the company’s common stock. The company has a return on investment of 25.70% and return on equity of 10.10%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 8.74 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 7.53. The beta has a value of 0.82. Price to book ratio is 1.04 and price to sales ratio is 2.14.

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index isn’t the only investment manager who changed stakes and is followed by iShares Russell 2000 ETF, which sold off 1598.0 shares to end up with 547,170 shares worth $11.35 million. RMB Mendon Financial Services Fun raise their holdings by 150.00% in the company over the course of the most recent quarter. It now holds a 1.99% position in Business First Bancshares Inc. thanks to 0.5 million shares amounting to $10.37 million.


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