Media headlines about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have been trending positive recently, AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis reports. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.40 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave media coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 50 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Several research firms recently weighed in on FDEF. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 price objective on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research note on Wednesday, May 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 14th.
Shares of First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded up 1.48% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $54.20. 35,123 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. First Defiance Financial has a 1-year low of $35.90 and a 1-year high of $56.20. The firm has a market capitalization of $549.86 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.50 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $53.34 and a 200 day moving average price of $49.96.
First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.74 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $32.19 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $31.79 million. First Defiance Financial had a net margin of 23.67% and a return on equity of 10.04%. Equities analysts anticipate that First Defiance Financial will post $3.42 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 19th were issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, May 17th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.85%. First Defiance Financial’s payout ratio is 27.76%.
In other First Defiance Financial news, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 2,167 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.23, for a total transaction of $117,516.41. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 3.20% of the stock is currently 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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