Press coverage about Astoria Financial (NYSE:AF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Astoria Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.6965552355509 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Shares of Astoria Financial (NYSE:AF) remained flat at $$21.50 during trading hours on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.96. Astoria Financial has a 1 year low of $14.11 and a 1 year high of $21.90.
AF has been the topic of several recent research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $25.50 target price on shares of Astoria Financial in a report on Sunday, September 3rd. BidaskClub raised Astoria Financial from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Astoria Financial currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.25.
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About Astoria Financial
Astoria Financial Corporation is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company’s principal business is the operation of its subsidiary, Astoria Bank. Astoria Bank’s primary business is attracting retail deposits from the general public and businesses and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations, principal repayments on loans and securities and borrowings, primarily in multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loans, one- to four-family, or residential, mortgage loans and mortgage-backed securities.
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