First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) insider John R. Reisner bought 522 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 23rd. The shares were bought at an average price of $41.29 per share, with a total value of $21,553.38. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 1,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $41,290. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) opened at 46.63 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $418.78 million, a PE ratio of 15.14 and a beta of 0.89. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $42.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $42.24. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 12-month low of $34.80 and a 12-month high of $46.83.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 17th. The company reported $0.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.78. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 9.81% and a net margin of 23.51%. Equities research analysts anticipate that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post $3.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 18th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 11th were given a $0.22 dividend. This represents a $0.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.89%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 8th. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.66%.

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A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. First Quadrant L P CA increased its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 39.3% in the third quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 2,785 shares of the company’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 785 shares in the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC increased its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 1,228.1% in the second quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 3,028 shares of the company’s stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 2,800 shares in the last quarter. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 1.9% in the second quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 3,893 shares of the company’s stock worth $152,000 after buying an additional 73 shares in the last quarter. Credit Suisse AG increased its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 35.4% in the third quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 7,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $318,000 after buying an additional 1,866 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Smith Asset Management Group LP increased its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. by 69.0% in the second quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP now owns 8,324 shares of the company’s stock worth $323,000 after buying an additional 3,400 shares in the last quarter. 67.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

FDEF has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 20th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods boosted their price target on 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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