News coverage about First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial Corp. earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the savings and loans company an impact score of 45.5210642741767 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

FDEF has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $51.00 target price on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Sandler O’Neill initiated coverage on First Defiance Financial Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. They issued a “hold” rating and a $56.00 target price on the stock. Finally, BidaskClub cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. First Defiance Financial Corp. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $55.33.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded up 1.01% on Friday, reaching $50.13. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 27,191 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $49.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $51.41. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 52-week low of $36.91 and a 52-week high of $56.90. The firm has a market cap of $508.87 million, a PE ratio of 16.88 and a beta of 0.91.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.84 by ($0.02). First Defiance Financial Corp. had a net margin of 20.85% and a return on equity of 9.35%. The business had revenue of $34.77 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $33.88 million. Equities research analysts expect that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post $3.14 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 18th were issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 16th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.99%. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s payout ratio is currently 33.90%.

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About First Defiance Financial Corp.

First Defiance Financial Corp. 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 Defiance Risk Management).

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