Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact First Defiance Financial (FDEF) Stock Price

Media stories about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.3694261364558 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $59.33.

Shares of First Defiance Financial (FDEF) traded up $0.22 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $52.00. 24,109 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 24,855. First Defiance Financial has a 52 week low of $46.27 and a 52 week high of $56.91. The stock has a market cap of $528.11, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.83 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a current ratio of 1.01.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.92 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.05. First Defiance Financial had a net margin of 21.47% and a return on equity of 9.51%. The company had revenue of $34.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $34.85 million. equities research analysts predict that First Defiance Financial will post 3.45 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.55, for a total value of $54,550.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert E. Beach sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.67, for a total transaction of $222,680.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 49,692 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,766,353.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 9,074 shares of company stock valued at $496,139. 3.40% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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First Defiance Financial Company Profile

First Defiance Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company that focuses on traditional banking and property and casualty, life and group health insurance products. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, First Federal Bank of the Midwest (First Federal or the Bank), First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc (First Insurance) and First Defiance Risk Management Inc (First Defiance Risk Management).

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