Headlines about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a news impact score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.9104340200884 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of First Defiance Financial in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. First Defiance Financial presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $57.67.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded up $2.44 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $54.46. 69,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 29,109. First Defiance Financial has a twelve month low of $46.27 and a twelve month high of $56.91. The company has a current ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. The firm has a market cap of $553.10, a P/E ratio of 16.21 and a beta of 0.92.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. First Defiance Financial had a net margin of 21.47% and a return on equity of 9.51%. The business had revenue of $34.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $34.85 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that First Defiance Financial will post 3.45 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Samuel S. Strausbaugh sold 3,319 shares of First Defiance Financial stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.85, for a total value of $178,728.15. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 8,856 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $476,895.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Stephen L. Boomer sold 755 shares of First Defiance Financial stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.22, for a total transaction of $40,181.10. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 12,809 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $681,694.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 9,074 shares of company stock valued at $496,139. 3.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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First Defiance Financial 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).

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