Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $35.83.

Several research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Hilltop from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 target price on shares of Hilltop in a report on Thursday, October 19th. ValuEngine raised Hilltop from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Hilltop in a report on Tuesday, September 12th.

Shares of Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) traded up $0.07 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $25.26. The company has a market cap of $2,420.00, a PE ratio of 16.09 and a beta of 1.04. Hilltop has a 1-year low of $21.47 and a 1-year high of $30.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.99.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a dividend of $0.06 per share. This represents a $0.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.95%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. Hilltop’s payout ratio is presently 15.29%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Rothschild Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Hilltop by 75.0% in the 3rd quarter. Rothschild Asset Management Inc. now owns 139,188 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,619,000 after purchasing an additional 59,670 shares during the period. Gluskin Sheff & Assoc Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Hilltop in the 3rd quarter valued at about $15,079,000. Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Hilltop by 8.4% in the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 623,015 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $16,198,000 after purchasing an additional 48,270 shares during the period. Context BH Capital Management LP lifted its stake in shares of Hilltop by 28.2% in the 2nd quarter. Context BH Capital Management LP now owns 289,747 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $7,594,000 after purchasing an additional 63,795 shares during the period. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Hilltop by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,909,111 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $154,877,000 after purchasing an additional 28,889 shares during the period. 56.50% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Hilltop

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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