Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect First Defiance Financial Corp. (FDEF) Share Price

Media stories about First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial Corp. earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.8327670266434 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ FDEF) traded up 1.91% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $49.69. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,053 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $504.35 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.79 and a beta of 0.91. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $49.51 and a 200 day moving average of $51.45. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 52 week low of $36.91 and a 52 week high of $56.90.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.84 by ($0.02). The business had revenue of $34.77 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $33.88 million. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a net margin of 20.85% and a return on equity of 9.35%. Analysts expect that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post $3.14 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 25th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 18th were issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 16th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.05%. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.90%.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on FDEF shares. Sandler O’Neill upgraded First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Zacks Investment Research cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. ValuEngine cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, BidaskClub cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Two investment 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 company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price 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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