Hilltop (HTH) Given News Sentiment Rating of 0.05

News headlines about Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.0727664403479 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) traded up $0.06 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $23.89. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 257,131 shares, compared to its average volume of 339,811. The company has a current ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04. The company has a market capitalization of $2,326.78, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.45 and a beta of 1.04. Hilltop has a 52-week low of $21.47 and a 52-week high of $30.60.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $0.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.00%. Hilltop’s dividend payout ratio is presently 15.29%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on HTH. ValuEngine raised Hilltop from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Hilltop in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research cut Hilltop from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Hilltop in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Raymond James Financial reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Hilltop in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.30.

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About Hilltop

Hilltop Holdings Inc is a financial holding Company. The Company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank (the Bank). It has three operating business units, which include PlainsCapital Corporation (PCC) (banking and mortgage origination), Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC (Securities Holdings) (broker-dealer) and PlainsCapital Company (NLC) (insurance).

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