Stifel (SF) & Its Peers Head-To-Head Comparison

Stifel (NYSE: SF) is one of 31 public companies in the “Security brokers & dealers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Stifel to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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86.0% of Stifel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Stifel shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.8% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Stifel and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stifel 6.25% 12.04% 1.62%
Stifel Competitors 5.68% 3.75% 5.13%


Stifel pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Stifel pays out 12.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Stifel and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Stifel $2.93 billion $182.87 million 14.75
Stifel Competitors $5.86 billion $745.79 million 24.61

Stifel’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Stifel. Stifel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Stifel and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stifel 0 1 4 0 2.80
Stifel Competitors 325 1388 1449 69 2.39

Stifel presently has a consensus target price of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 18.95%. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies have a potential upside of 0.35%. Given Stifel’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Stifel is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Stifel has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stifel’s peers have a beta of 8.84, suggesting that their average share price is 784% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Stifel peers beat Stifel on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Stifel Company Profile

Stifel Financial Corp., a financial services and bank holding company, provides retail and institutional wealth management, and investment banking services to individual investors, corporations, municipalities, and institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and rest of Europe. The company operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group, and Other. It provides private client services, including securities transaction and financial planning services; institutional equity and fixed income sales, trading and research, and municipal finance; investment banking services, such as mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements; and retail and commercial banking comprising personal and commercial lending programs. The company also acts as an underwriter or selling group member in equity and fixed income product offerings. Stifel Financial Corp. was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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