First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The company reported $0.78 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a net margin of 23.67% and a return on equity of 9.80%.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded up 0.05% during trading on Monday, hitting $43.98. 14,616 shares of the stock traded hands. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 12 month low of $34.80 and a 12 month high of $46.83. The firm has a market cap of $394.76 million, a PE ratio of 14.57 and a beta of 0.79. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $44.79 and a 200 day moving average price of $41.40.

Earnings History for First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)

In related news, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.03, for a total value of $43,030.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 16,092 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $692,438.76. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 3.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of FDEF. Panagora Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 30.9% in the second quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 25,915 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,007,000 after buying an additional 6,123 shares in the last quarter. Zacks Investment Management boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 14.6% in the second quarter. Zacks Investment Management now owns 33,895 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,317,000 after buying an additional 4,309 shares in the last quarter. Menta Capital LLC boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 20.8% in the second quarter. Menta Capital LLC now owns 14,095 shares of the company’s stock valued at $548,000 after buying an additional 2,430 shares in the last quarter. Allianz Asset Management AG boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 9.8% in the second quarter. Allianz Asset Management AG now owns 56,704 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,203,000 after buying an additional 5,079 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 6.4% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 148,897 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,785,000 after buying an additional 8,934 shares in the last quarter. 64.05% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

FDEF has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 20th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised their price objective on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from $40.00 to $45.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, August 29th.

First Defiance Financial Corp. Company Profile

First Defiance Financial Corp. (First Defiance) 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 Federal is a federally chartered stock savings bank.

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