Media headlines about NewStar Financial (NASDAQ:NEWS) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NewStar Financial earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 48.1737623340183 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of NewStar Financial (NEWS) traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $11.68. 486,200 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 127,435. NewStar Financial has a fifty-two week low of $8.54 and a fifty-two week high of $12.59. The company has a market capitalization of $485.36, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.85 and a beta of 2.10. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.55, a current ratio of 10.24 and a quick ratio of 9.21.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 29th were issued a $0.02 dividend. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.68%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 28th. NewStar Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 17.02%.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on NEWS shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of NewStar Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, November 4th. Janney Montgomery Scott cut shares of NewStar Financial from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of NewStar Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have issued a hold rating to the company. NewStar Financial presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.50.

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About NewStar Financial

NewStar Financial, Inc (NewStar) is a commercial finance company. The Company operates through two segments: Commercial Lending and Asset Management. The Commercial Lending segment represents its direct lending activities, which are focused on providing a range of flexible senior secured debt options to mid-sized companies.

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