Headlines about First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial Corp. earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.4068628134078 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ FDEF) traded up 0.953% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $49.235. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 9,948 shares. The company has a market cap of $499.74 million, a PE ratio of 16.633 and a beta of 0.91. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 12 month low of $36.91 and a 12 month high of $56.90. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $49.15 and a 200 day moving average price of $51.38.
First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.84 by ($0.02). The business had revenue of $34.77 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $33.88 million. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 9.35% and a net margin of 20.85%. Analysts expect that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post $3.14 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 18th were paid a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.05%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 16th. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 33.90%.
FDEF has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, May 24th. Zacks Investment Research cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. Sandler O’Neill initiated coverage on First Defiance Financial Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $56.00 target price for the company. BidaskClub cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, ValuEngine cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $55.33.
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About First Defiance Financial Corp.
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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