Media coverage about Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stifel Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4902849414018 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) opened at $62.99 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85. The company has a market capitalization of $4,330.00, a P/E ratio of 22.82, a P/E/G ratio of 1.04 and a beta of 1.69. Stifel Financial has a 52-week low of $41.93 and a 52-week high of $68.76.

Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The financial services provider reported $1.47 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.55. The company had revenue of $804.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $745.44 million. Stifel Financial had a return on equity of 12.04% and a net margin of 6.25%. Stifel Financial’s revenue was up 21.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.68 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Stifel Financial will post 5.1 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.76%. This is an increase from Stifel Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. Stifel Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 17.39%.

SF has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Wells Fargo & Co raised their target price on Stifel Financial from $64.00 to $70.00 in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Nomura upgraded Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the company from $58.00 to $77.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Instinet upgraded Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Stifel Financial from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the company from $56.00 to $77.00 in a report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Stifel Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, January 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Stifel Financial currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $67.67.

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Stifel Financial Company Profile

Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial holding company. Its principal subsidiary is Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, a retail and institutional wealth management and investment banking firm. It operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group and Other. The Global Wealth Management segment consists of the Private Client Group and Stifel Bank businesses.

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