News headlines about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have trended positive on Wednesday, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a division of Accern, ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.34 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 100 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
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Several analysts recently weighed in on FDEF shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 14th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $51.00 price objective on First Defiance Financial and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th.
Shares of First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded down 4.18% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $52.33. The company had a trading volume of 39,266 shares. First Defiance Financial has a one year low of $35.90 and a one year high of $56.20. The company’s 50-day moving average is $52.68 and its 200 day moving average is $49.09. The company has a market capitalization of $530.89 million, a PE ratio of 17.86 and a beta of 0.95.
First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its earnings results on Monday, April 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.74 by $0.07. First Defiance Financial had a return on equity of 10.04% and a net margin of 23.67%. The company had revenue of $32.19 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $31.79 million. On average, equities research analysts forecast that First Defiance Financial will post $3.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 19th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 17th. First Defiance Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.76%.
In related news, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 2,167 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.23, for a total transaction of $117,516.41. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.
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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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