Media stories about First American Financial (NYSE:FAF) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative news 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 -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First American Financial earned a news impact score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.3612777155389 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- 12 states where home purchasing power is on the rise (nationalmortgagenews.com)
- ACI Unveils Next Generation Sky Report Featuring Native App and Powerful Tools (finance.yahoo.com)
- First American Financial (FAF) Upgraded at ValuEngine (americanbankingnews.com)
- Fed Hikes Rate, Upbeat Economic Data: 4 Best Insurers to Add – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- 4 Best Insurance Stocks to Buy After Fed Rate Hike – Investorplace.com (investorplace.com)
Several research firms recently issued reports on FAF. ValuEngine upgraded First American Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Stephens upgraded First American Financial from an “equal” rating to a “weight” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First American Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, December 28th. Finally, Barclays decreased their price target on First American Financial from $75.00 to $70.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $57.33.
First American Financial (NYSE:FAF) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The insurance provider reported $0.95 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.91 by $0.04. First American Financial had a return on equity of 13.92% and a net margin of 7.33%. The firm had revenue of $1.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.45 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.92 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that First American Financial will post 4.44 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 8th were issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 7th. First American Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 40.43%.
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First American Financial Company Profile
First American Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of providing financial services. The Company operates through the title insurance and services segment, and specialty insurance segment. The title insurance and services segment provides title insurance, closing and/or escrow services and similar or related services domestically and internationally in connection with residential and commercial real estate transactions.
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