Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) was downgraded by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report issued on Sunday, Marketbeat Ratings reports.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research lowered Stewart Information Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, November 9th.

Shares of STC stock traded down $0.78 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $42.37. 177,400 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 171,822. Stewart Information Services has a 12 month low of $32.61 and a 12 month high of $44.99. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $41.69 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $39.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 4.13 and a current ratio of 4.13. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.02 billion, a PE ratio of 19.62 and a beta of 0.52.

Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 22nd. The insurance provider reported $1.28 EPS for the quarter. The company had revenue of $559.51 million for the quarter. Stewart Information Services had a return on equity of 8.49% and a net margin of 4.74%. As a group, equities analysts expect that Stewart Information Services will post 2.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CEO Frederick H. Eppinger acquired 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 31st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $40.50 per share, for a total transaction of $121,500.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 10,702 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $433,431. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director James M. Chadwick sold 4,906 shares of Stewart Information Services stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.27, for a total transaction of $173,034.62. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,706 shares in the company, valued at approximately $60,170.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have purchased 11,316 shares of company stock valued at $459,591. 2.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of Stewart Information Services by 122.0% in the second quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 797 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $32,000 after acquiring an additional 438 shares in the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Stewart Information Services during the third quarter worth about $90,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in Stewart Information Services by 482.0% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 2,334 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $95,000 after purchasing an additional 1,933 shares during the period. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in Stewart Information Services during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $225,000. Finally, Man Group plc lifted its holdings in Stewart Information Services by 52.5% in the 2nd quarter. Man Group plc now owns 11,428 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $463,000 after purchasing an additional 3,935 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.11% of the company’s stock.

About Stewart Information Services

Stewart Information Services Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance and real estate transaction services. The company operates in two segments, Title Insurance and Related Services, and Ancillary Services and Corporate. The Title Insurance and Related Services segment is involved in searching, examining, closing, and insuring the condition of the title to real property.

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