Media coverage about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.8854238755328 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
FDEF has been the subject of several research analyst reports. BidaskClub cut shares of First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 target price on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. ValuEngine cut shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Sandler O’Neill reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 target price on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $61.33.
First Defiance Financial (FDEF) traded up $0.27 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $53.71. 18,400 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 28,786. First Defiance Financial has a 12-month low of $46.71 and a 12-month high of $56.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a current ratio of 1.01. The stock has a market cap of $542.79, a PE ratio of 16.78 and a beta of 0.93.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 6th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. This is a boost from First Defiance Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.23%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, February 5th. First Defiance Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 31.25%.
In other First Defiance Financial news, Director Mark Andrew Robison purchased 1,132 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 6th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $52.83 per share, with a total value of $59,803.56. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 2,203 shares in the company, valued at approximately $116,384.49. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Samuel S. Strausbaugh sold 3,319 shares of First Defiance Financial stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.85, for a total transaction of $178,728.15. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 8,856 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $476,895.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 9,074 shares of company stock valued at $496,139. 3.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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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