Sell-Side Sees Upside & Positive Growth in First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC)

First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) has been recommended as a long term growth stock according to analysts at Beta Research.  With their stock price currently trading around $36.80, the firm has proven a solid track record of growth over the past few years.  Investors might consider the stock as a long term growth candidate as the firm has yielded 24.40% earnings per share growth over the past 5 years and -3.40% revenue growth over that same time frame. 

Long-term growth (LTG) is an investing strategy where a stock will (hopefully) grow in value for a relatively long period of time.  Long-term growth should be considered to be a relative term, due to different styles and goals of investors, but the endgame is the same. 

Recent Performance

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC)’s stock was 4.22%.  Over the last week of the month, it was 2.00%, 3.95% over the last quarter, and  18.52% for the past six months. 

Over the past 50 days, First Bancorp’s stock is -11.88% off of the high and 7.98% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are as follows: -11.88% (High), 39.03%, (Low). 

Analyst Recommendation

Despite the past success, investors want to know where the stock is headed from here.  Analysts covering the shares have a consensus short-term price target of $40.39 on the equity.   Analysts have a consensus recommendation of 2.30 based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  

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