Stifel (SF) Earning Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

Media coverage about Stifel (NYSE:SF) has trended positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stifel earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.1972619756829 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

NYSE:SF opened at $60.50 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.70 and a quick ratio of 0.63. Stifel has a 12-month low of $41.93 and a 12-month high of $68.76. The stock has a market cap of $4.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.74.

Stifel (NYSE:SF) last released its earnings results on Monday, April 30th. The financial services provider reported $1.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.07. Stifel had a return on equity of 13.14% and a net margin of 6.87%. The firm had revenue of $750.36 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $734.84 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.74 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Stifel will post 5.05 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 31st. Stifel’s dividend payout ratio is presently 12.03%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on SF shares. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on Stifel from $71.00 to $72.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Nomura increased their target price on Stifel from $77.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. ValuEngine upgraded Stifel from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Stifel from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 9th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. Stifel currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $76.25.

In other Stifel news, Director Robert Edward Grady sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.15, for a total transaction of $300,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 5,828 shares in the company, valued at approximately $350,554.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Vice Chairman Ben A. Plotkin sold 9,012 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.30, for a total value of $570,459.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 5.09% of the company’s stock.

Stifel Company Profile

Stifel Financial Corp., a financial services and bank holding company, provides retail and institutional wealth management, and investment banking services to individual investors, corporations, municipalities, and institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and rest of Europe. The company operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group, and Other.

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