News headlines about First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Alpha One reports. The research group, a division of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 84 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected AlphaOne’s analysis:

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $51.00 target price on shares of First Defiance Financial and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 14th.

Shares of First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded down 0.15% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $52.30. 34,447 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. First Defiance Financial has a 12 month low of $35.90 and a 12 month high of $54.74. The company’s 50 day moving average is $49.92 and its 200-day moving average is $47.53. The stock has a market cap of $469.92 million, a PE ratio of 16.39 and a beta of 0.95.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, April 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $32.19 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $31.79 million. First Defiance Financial had a return on equity of 10.04% and a net margin of 23.67%. Equities analysts forecast that First Defiance Financial will post $3.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 26th. Investors of record on Friday, May 19th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 17th. First Defiance Financial’s payout ratio is presently 27.76%.

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About First Defiance Financial

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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