Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) Share Price

Media headlines about Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Stifel Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.2278625411485 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on SF shares. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price objective on Stifel Financial from $64.00 to $70.00 in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Goldman Sachs Group raised Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $56.00 to $77.00 in a research note on Monday. Zacks Investment Research cut Stifel Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Nomura raised Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $58.00 to $77.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Instinet raised Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $66.83.

Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) traded up $0.31 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $65.70. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 526,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 606,500. Stifel Financial has a one year low of $41.93 and a one year high of $66.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 0.67. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,480.00, a PE ratio of 26.18, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 1.70.

Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The financial services provider reported $0.89 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.83 by $0.06. Stifel Financial had a return on equity of 9.78% and a net margin of 7.61%. The business had revenue of $721.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $701.12 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.69 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Stifel Financial will post 3.44 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.61%. Stifel Financial’s payout ratio is presently 15.94%.

In other news, Director James M. Oates sold 1,768 shares of Stifel Financial stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.27, for a total value of $92,413.36. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 28,640 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,497,012.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Thomas B. Michaud sold 24,536 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.40, for a total value of $1,285,686.40. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 60,589 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,174,863.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 54,304 shares of company stock valued at $2,869,480 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 3.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Stifel Financial

Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial holding company. Its principal subsidiary is Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, a retail and institutional wealth management and investment banking firm. It operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group and Other. The Global Wealth Management segment consists of the Private Client Group and Stifel Bank businesses.

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