Media stories about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have been trending positive this week, Alpha One reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.34 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news articles about the savings and loans company an impact score of 100 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) opened at 52.80 on Tuesday. First Defiance Financial has a 52 week low of $35.90 and a 52 week high of $56.20. The stock has a market cap of $535.66 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.02 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $52.93 and a 200 day moving average price of $49.45.
First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $32.19 million for 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%. Analysts expect that First Defiance Financial will post $3.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 19th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 17th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.89%. First Defiance Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 27.76%.
A number of brokerages have commented on FDEF. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $51.00 price target on First Defiance Financial and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. Zacks Investment Research lowered First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 14th.
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In other First Defiance Financial news, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 2,167 shares of the company’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 value of $117,516.41. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. 3.20% 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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