Media coverage about Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Stifel Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1723589108781 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
SF has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Nomura boosted their target price on shares of Stifel Financial from $56.00 to $58.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Stifel Financial from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $56.00 to $64.00 in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Instinet upgraded shares of Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Stifel Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $56.00 to $77.00 in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $67.67.
Shares of Stifel Financial (NYSE SF) opened at $62.67 on Friday. Stifel Financial has a 52 week low of $41.93 and a 52 week high of $68.76. The company has a quick ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68. The company has a market cap of $4,301.80, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.29, a PEG ratio of 1.03 and a beta of 1.69.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a $0.12 dividend. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.77%. This is a boost from Stifel Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. Stifel Financial’s payout ratio is currently 18.69%.
In related news, Vice Chairman Ben A. Plotkin sold 20,000 shares of Stifel Financial stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.70, for a total value of $1,074,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 96,226 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,167,336.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 3.60% of the company’s stock.
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Stifel Financial Company Profile
Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial holding company. Its principal subsidiary is Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, a retail and institutional wealth management and investment banking firm. It operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group and Other. The Global Wealth Management segment consists of the Private Client Group and Stifel Bank businesses.
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