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First Merchants (FRME) Stock Price, News & Analysis

+0.13 (+0.39%)
(As of 05/24/2024 ET)
Today's Range
50-Day Range
52-Week Range
415,957 shs
Average Volume
204,734 shs
Market Capitalization
$1.95 billion
P/E Ratio
Dividend Yield
Price Target

First Merchants MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
3.00 Rating Score
23.8% Upside
$41.25 Price Target
Short Interest
0.95% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Based on Four Factors
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
1.30mentions of First Merchants in the last 14 days
Based on 5 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$105,912 Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
From $3.25 to $3.42 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.89 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

36th out of 861 stocks

National Commercial Banks Industry

8th out of 84 stocks

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About First Merchants Stock (NASDAQ:FRME)

First Merchants Corporation operates as the financial holding company for First Merchants Bank that provides community banking services. The company offers a range of financial services, including time, savings, and demand deposits; and consumer, commercial, agri-business, public finance, and real estate mortgage loans. It also provides personal and corporate trust; brokerage and private wealth management; and letters of credit, repurchase agreements, and other corporate services. The company operates banking locations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan counties. It also offers its services through electronic and mobile delivery channels. First Merchants Corporation was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Muncie, Indiana.

FRME Stock Price History

FRME Stock News Headlines

First Merchants Corp.
Piper Sandler Reaffirms Their Buy Rating on First Merchants (FRME)
Q1 2024 First Merchants Corp Earnings Call
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Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 3/15 Dividend
Dividend Payable
Last Earnings
Ex-Dividend for 6/21 Dividend
Dividend Payable
Next Earnings (Estimated)
Fiscal Year End

Industry, Sector and Symbol

National commercial banks
Regional Banks
Current Symbol
Year Founded

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
High Stock Price Target
Low Stock Price Target
Potential Upside/Downside
Consensus Rating
Rating Score (0-4)
Research Coverage
2 Analysts


Net Income
$223.79 million
Pretax Margin


Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$999.49 million
Cash Flow
$4.14 per share
Book Value
$37.55 per share


Free Float
Market Cap
$1.95 billion

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FRME Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell First Merchants stock right now?

2 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for First Merchants in the last twelve months. There are currently 2 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "buy" FRME shares.
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What is First Merchants' stock price target for 2024?

2 brokerages have issued 1-year target prices for First Merchants' stock. Their FRME share price targets range from $40.00 to $42.50. On average, they expect the company's stock price to reach $41.25 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 23.8% from the stock's current price.
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How have FRME shares performed in 2024?

First Merchants' stock was trading at $37.08 at the start of the year. Since then, FRME stock has decreased by 10.1% and is now trading at $33.33.
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When is First Merchants' next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, July 23rd 2024.
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How were First Merchants' earnings last quarter?

First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April, 25th. The bank reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.82 by $0.03. The bank had revenue of $153.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $154.95 million. First Merchants had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 10.21% and a net margin of 20.15%.

How often does First Merchants pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for First Merchants?

First Merchants announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, May 7th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.35 per share on Friday, June 21st. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.20%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 7th. This is an increase from the stock's previous quarterly dividend of $0.34.
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Is First Merchants a good dividend stock?

First Merchants (NASDAQ:FRME) pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 4.10%. FRME has a dividend yield higher than 75% of all dividend-paying stocks, making it a leading dividend payer. The company has been increasing its dividend for 12 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 39.19%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, FRME will have a dividend payout ratio of 39.77% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
Read our dividend analysis for FRME.

What is Michael C. Rechin's approval rating as First Merchants' CEO?

48 employees have rated First Merchants Chief Executive Officer Michael C. Rechin on Michael C. Rechin has an approval rating of 82% among the company's employees.

What other stocks do shareholders of First Merchants own?
Who are First Merchants' major shareholders?

First Merchants' stock is owned by a variety of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc. (11.15%), Earnest Partners LLC (4.47%), Principal Financial Group Inc. (1.54%), William Blair Investment Management LLC (1.41%), Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado (1.19%) and PL Capital Advisors LLC (1.16%). Insiders that own company stock include Charles E Schalliol, Gary Lehman, Jason R Sondhi, Mark K Hardwick, Michael C Rechin, Michael J Stewart, Patrick A Sherman, Patrick J Fehring and Stephan Fluhler.
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How do I buy shares of First Merchants?

Shares of FRME stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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This page (NASDAQ:FRME) was last updated on 5/25/2024 by Staff

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