Jefferies Financial Group (JEF) Earns Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 1.57

News articles about Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. 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 news impact score of 1.57 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 6 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Jefferies Financial Group’s score:

Shares of NYSE:JEF opened at $21.85 on Monday. Jefferies Financial Group has a 52-week low of $19.60 and a 52-week high of $28.30. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.06 billion, a PE ratio of 13.24 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 0.57 and a quick ratio of 0.57.

Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the 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 firm had revenue of $1.15 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $869.80 million. As a group, equities analysts predict that Jefferies Financial Group will post 1.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 19th were paid a $0.125 dividend. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.29%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 16th. Jefferies Financial Group’s payout ratio is 30.30%.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on JEF shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Jefferies Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods started coverage on Jefferies Financial Group in a report on Monday, August 20th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $29.00 price target for the company.

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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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