State Auto Financial (STFC) Receives Media Sentiment Rating of 0.09

Media headlines about State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. State Auto Financial earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.5485182290115 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on STFC shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded State Auto Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. BidaskClub upgraded State Auto Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $29.50.

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Shares of State Auto Financial stock traded down $0.44 during trading on Friday, hitting $28.08. 31,029 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 56,018. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 0.07 and a quick ratio of 0.07. State Auto Financial has a 1 year low of $22.11 and a 1 year high of $30.85. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,203.28, a PE ratio of -70.20 and a beta of 0.84.

State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 20th. The insurance provider reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.47 by ($0.07). The business had revenue of $362.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $289.70 million. State Auto Financial had a negative net margin of 0.75% and a negative return on equity of 1.85%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.46 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that State Auto Financial will post 1.45 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 13th were given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 12th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.42%. State Auto Financial’s payout ratio is -100.00%.

In other State Auto Financial news, insider Melissa A. Centers sold 1,067 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.62, for a total value of $29,470.54. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Steven Eugene English sold 10,834 shares of State Auto Financial stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.83, for a total value of $301,510.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 12,691 shares of company stock worth $352,777 over the last three months. Insiders own 1.54% of the company’s stock.

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About State Auto Financial

State Auto Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal, business, and specialty insurance products. It operates through four segments: Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance, Specialty Insurance, and Investment Operations. The Personal Insurance segment primarily provides personal automobile, homeowners insurance, and other personal insurance products.

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