Barr E S & Co. grew its stake in Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) by 11.7% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 707,468 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 74,293 shares during the quarter. Jefferies Financial Group comprises approximately 1.5% of Barr E S & Co.’s holdings, making the stock its 26th largest holding. Barr E S & Co.’s holdings in Jefferies Financial Group were worth $15,536,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group in the 2nd quarter valued at $106,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group in the 2nd quarter valued at $108,000. Palo Capital Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group in the 3rd quarter valued at $108,000. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors bought a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group in the 2nd quarter valued at $109,000. Finally, Smithfield Trust Co. bought a new stake in shares of Jefferies Financial Group in the 2nd quarter valued at $114,000. 76.52% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

JEF opened at $21.23 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 0.57 and a quick ratio of 0.57. Jefferies Financial Group Inc has a 12 month low of $19.60 and a 12 month high of $28.30. The firm has a market capitalization of $7.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.87 and a beta of 1.02.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 30th. Investors of record on Monday, November 19th will be given a $0.125 dividend. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.36%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 16th. Jefferies Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 30.30%.

A number of analysts recently commented on JEF shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Jefferies Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 7th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods started coverage on shares of Jefferies Financial Group in a research report on Monday, August 20th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $29.00 price objective for the company. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Jefferies Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 25th.

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Jefferies Financial Group Company Profile

Jefferies Financial Group Inc, a financial services company, offers a range of products and services in investment banking, equities, fixed income, and wealth management in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It engages in the debt capital market, equity capital market, merger and acquisition, private capital advisory, and restructuring and recapitalization businesses.

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