Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) has been assigned a consensus broker rating score of 1.50 (Buy) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company.

Analysts have set a one year consensus price objective of $29.50 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.24 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Jefferies Financial Group an industry rank of 84 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

JEF has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Oppenheimer lowered their price target on Jefferies Financial Group from $32.00 to $30.00 in a research note on Friday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised Jefferies Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 4th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Jefferies Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 5th.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. AdvisorNet Financial Inc purchased a new position in Jefferies Financial Group during the fourth quarter worth approximately $25,000. Essex Savings Bank purchased a new position in Jefferies Financial Group during the fourth quarter worth approximately $25,000. JOYN Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Jefferies Financial Group by 81.5% during the fourth quarter. JOYN Advisors Inc. now owns 1,628 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $28,000 after buying an additional 731 shares in the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in Jefferies Financial Group during the fourth quarter worth approximately $31,000. Finally, We Are One Seven LLC purchased a new position in Jefferies Financial Group during the fourth quarter worth approximately $37,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.85% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:JEF opened at $19.43 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 1.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94. The company has a market capitalization of $5.87 billion, a PE ratio of 11.78 and a beta of 1.35. Jefferies Financial Group has a 1 year low of $16.20 and a 1 year high of $25.07.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 28th. Investors of record on Friday, February 15th were given a dividend of $0.125 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 14th. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.57%. Jefferies Financial Group’s payout ratio is 30.30%.

Jefferies Financial Group Company Profile

Jefferies Financial Group Inc, a financial services company, engages in investment banking and capital markets, asset management, and direct investing businesses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. the company also offers equities research, sales, and trading services; equity finance services comprising financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services; and wealth management services to high net worth individuals, their families and businesses, private equity and venture funds, and small institutions.

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