Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Very Likely to Impact Jefferies Financial Group (JEF) Stock Price

News coverage about Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Jefferies Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 1.23 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is very likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Jefferies Financial Group’s ranking:

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods assumed coverage on Jefferies Financial Group in a research report on Monday, August 20th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $29.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Jefferies Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 7th.

Shares of JEF stock opened at $19.56 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. Jefferies Financial Group has a 1 year low of $19.15 and a 1 year high of $28.30. The firm has a market cap of $6.50 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.85 and a beta of 1.03.

Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.03). Jefferies Financial Group had a return on equity of 5.07% and a net margin of 10.07%. The business had revenue of $1.15 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $869.80 million. Equities analysts expect that Jefferies Financial Group will post 1.27 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 19th were given a dividend of $0.125 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 16th. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.56%. Jefferies Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 30.30%.

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About Jefferies Financial Group

Jefferies Financial Group Inc, a financial services company, offers a range of products and services in investment banking, equities, fixed income, and wealth management in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It engages in the debt capital market, equity capital market, merger and acquisition, private capital advisory, and restructuring and recapitalization businesses.

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