First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.0125659390604 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

First Defiance Financial (FDEF) traded down $0.13 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $53.58. The company had a trading volume of 18,802 shares, compared to its average volume of 34,001. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 1.01 and a quick ratio of 1.00. First Defiance Financial has a 12-month low of $46.71 and a 12-month high of $56.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $544.21, a PE ratio of 15.35 and a beta of 0.93.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its earnings results on Monday, January 22nd. The savings and loans company reported $0.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.05. First Defiance Financial had a return on equity of 9.67% and a net margin of 21.77%. The firm had revenue of $35.28 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.00 million. research analysts predict that First Defiance Financial will post 4.07 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 6th will be paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, February 5th. This is a positive change from First Defiance Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.24%. First Defiance Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 37.50%.

Several research firms have commented on FDEF. BidaskClub raised First Defiance Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, December 29th. ValuEngine cut First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Sandler O’Neill restated a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. First Defiance Financial currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $61.33.

In other news, Director Samuel S. Strausbaugh sold 3,319 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.85, for a total value of $178,728.15. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 8,856 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $476,895.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Mark Andrew Robison acquired 1,071 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 1st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $55.70 per share, with a total value of $59,654.70. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 9,074 shares of company stock valued at $496,139. 3.40% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About First Defiance Financial

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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