News articles about Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Fifth Street Finance Corp. earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.2367314945569 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. (FSC) opened at 5.40 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $5.38 and its 200-day moving average price is $4.65. Fifth Street Finance Corp. has a 1-year low of $3.90 and a 1-year high of $6.32.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The credit services provider reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.13 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $44.92 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $43.35 million. Fifth Street Finance Corp. had a positive return on equity of 8.27% and a negative net margin of 37.21%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Fifth Street Finance Corp. will post $0.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.125 per share. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 9.26%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Fifth Street Finance Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -15.38%.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Fifth Street Finance Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. National Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $7.00 price target on shares of Fifth Street Finance Corp. in a research note on Monday, August 14th. JMP Securities raised Fifth Street Finance Corp. from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $6.50 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Fifth Street Finance Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $5.68.

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About Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. is a specialty finance company. The Company is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company acts as a business development company (BDC). The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio’s total return by generating current income from its debt investments, and capital appreciation from its equity investments.

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