Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) Stock Price

News coverage about Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3344971921894 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Hilltop (HTH) traded up $0.01 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $26.43. The stock had a trading volume of 484,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 486,300. The company has a market cap of $2,534.91, a P/E ratio of 16.83 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a current ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04. Hilltop has a 52-week low of $21.47 and a 52-week high of $29.54.

Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by ($0.12). Hilltop had a net margin of 9.00% and a return on equity of 8.16%. research analysts expect that Hilltop will post 1.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on HTH. Zacks Investment Research raised Hilltop from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised Hilltop from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $30.00 price target on shares of Hilltop in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $33.50.

In other news, Director Gerald J. Ford bought 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 22nd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $25.08 per share, for a total transaction of $250,800.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 22.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Hilltop Company Profile

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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