News stories about Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3030897475531 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several analysts have commented on HTH shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Hilltop Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. ValuEngine raised Hilltop Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Stephens set a $31.00 price objective on Hilltop Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, June 26th. Piper Jaffray Companies downgraded Hilltop Holdings from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $30.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, TheStreet raised Hilltop Holdings from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Hilltop Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.08.

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) opened at 23.78 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $25.65 and its 200-day moving average price is $26.61. Hilltop Holdings has a 52 week low of $21.04 and a 52 week high of $30.60. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.31 and a beta of 1.01.

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.20. Hilltop Holdings had a net margin of 10.02% and a return on equity of 9.39%. The company had revenue of $460.67 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $431.80 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.32 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Hilltop Holdings will post $1.59 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th will be given a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 11th. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.01%. Hilltop Holdings’s payout ratio is 13.41%.

In other Hilltop Holdings news, Director Charles Clifton Robinson acquired 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 31st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $24.97 per share, for a total transaction of $499,400.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 1,255,024 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $31,337,949.28. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jerry Schaffner sold 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.14, for a total transaction of $188,550.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 236,889 shares of company stock worth $6,112,076 over the last quarter. 22.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Hilltop Holdings

Hilltop Holdings Inc is a financial holding Company. The Company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank (the Bank). It has three operating business units, which include PlainsCapital Corporation (PCC) (banking and mortgage origination), Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC (Securities Holdings) (broker-dealer) and PlainsCapital Company (NLC) (insurance).

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