State Auto Financial Corp (STFC) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about State Auto Financial Corp (NASDAQ:STFC) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Alpha One. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. State Auto Financial Corp earned a news impact score of 0.00 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned press coverage about State Auto Financial Corp an impact score of 87 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Janney Montgomery Scott cut shares of State Auto Financial Corp from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of State Auto Financial Corp from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 8th. Finally, Langen Mcalenn cut shares of State Auto Financial Corp from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 7th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold”.

State Auto Financial Corp (NASDAQ:STFC) traded up 0.41% on Wednesday, reaching $27.26. 110,540 shares of the company traded hands. State Auto Financial Corp has a 12 month low of $18.69 and a 12 month high of $27.97. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $27.09 and a 200-day moving average price of $25.43. The company has a market capitalization of $1.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 54.52 and a beta of 0.96.

State Auto Financial Corp (NASDAQ:STFC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 14th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.13. The company earned $364.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $341.85 million. State Auto Financial Corp had a negative net margin of 0.61% and a negative return on equity of 2.44%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that State Auto Financial Corp will post $1.05 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 14th were issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.47%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 10th. State Auto Financial Corp’s dividend payout ratio is currently -190.48%.

In related news, insider Kim Burton Garland acquired 3,699 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 3rd. The stock was bought at an average cost of $27.19 per share, with a total value of $100,575.81. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 1.56% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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State Auto Financial Corp Company Profile

State Auto Financial Corporation (State Auto Financial) is a property and casualty insurance holding company. The Company is engaged in writing personal, business and specialty insurance. Its segments include personal insurance, business insurance, specialty insurance and investment operations. Its personal insurance, business insurance and specialty insurance are known as insurance segments of the Company.

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