Stifel (SF) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about Stifel (NYSE:SF) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stifel earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.8455767037681 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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Shares of Stifel stock traded down $1.66 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $56.42. The company had a trading volume of 462,729 shares, compared to its average volume of 463,841. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.69 and a quick ratio of 0.62. The firm has a market cap of $4,053.83, a P/E ratio of 14.10, a P/E/G ratio of 0.94 and a beta of 1.72. Stifel has a 1-year low of $41.93 and a 1-year high of $68.76.

Stifel (NYSE:SF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The financial services provider reported $1.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.55. Stifel had a net margin of 6.25% and a return on equity of 12.04%. The company had revenue of $804.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $745.44 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.68 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 21.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Stifel will post 5 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st were issued a $0.12 dividend. This is a positive change from Stifel’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.85%. Stifel’s payout ratio is 12.03%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on the company. Instinet raised Stifel from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Nomura raised Stifel from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $58.00 to $77.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Stifel from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Wells Fargo increased their target price on shares of Stifel from $71.00 to $72.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Stifel from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Stifel presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $71.20.

In other Stifel news, Vice Chairman Ben A. Plotkin sold 9,012 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.30, for a total transaction of $570,459.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders own 3.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Stifel

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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