Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its position in shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) by 103.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 25,048 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after buying an additional 12,761 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC owned 0.25% of First Defiance Financial Corp. worth $1,320,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of FDEF. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 14.4% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 403,802 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $21,272,000 after purchasing an additional 50,760 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans bought a new stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. in the 2nd quarter valued at $1,487,000. Northern Trust Corp boosted its holdings in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 20.2% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 166,214 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $8,756,000 after purchasing an additional 27,910 shares during the period. Seizert Capital Partners LLC boosted its holdings in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 55.3% in the 2nd quarter. Seizert Capital Partners LLC now owns 57,449 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $3,026,000 after purchasing an additional 20,446 shares during the period. Finally, Swiss National Bank bought a new stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. in the 2nd quarter valued at $890,000. 63.65% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on FDEF. ValuEngine raised shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill raised shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.67.

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Shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) opened at $53.23 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 1-year low of $42.61 and a 1-year high of $56.91. The firm has a market cap of $530.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.54 and a beta of 0.94.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.05. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a net margin of 21.47% and a return on equity of 9.51%. The company had revenue of $34.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $34.85 million. equities research analysts predict that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post 3.45 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 10th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.88%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 9th. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is 32.36%.

First Defiance Financial Corp. Company Profile

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).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)

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