Headlines about Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) have trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Fidelity National Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.30 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 83 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- FNF Group of Fidelity National (FNF) Hits a New 52-Week High (highlightpress.com)
- $0.70 EPS Expected for FNF Group of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) (ismboard.com)
- FNF Group of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) EPS Estimated At $0.70 (hoyentv.com)
- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNFV) Rating Increased to Strong-Buy at BidaskClub (ibusinesslines.com)
- Analysts See $0.03 EPS for Fidelity National Financial Inc (FNFV) – WeeklyHub (weeklyhub.com)
Fidelity National Financial (NYSE FNF) traded up 0.97% on Friday, hitting $44.58. 1,781,343 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $12.14 billion, a PE ratio of 19.12 and a beta of 0.93. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $42.02 and its 200 day moving average price is $38.06. Fidelity National Financial has a 52-week low of $31.64 and a 52-week high of $44.61.
Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The financial services provider reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.74 billion. Fidelity National Financial had a net margin of 7.34% and a return on equity of 10.51%. Fidelity National Financial’s revenue was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.33 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Fidelity National Financial will post $2.52 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. Investors of record on Friday, June 16th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 14th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.24%. Fidelity National Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 42.92%.
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on FNF shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Fidelity National Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 29th. Monness Crespi & Hardt increased their target price on shares of Fidelity National Financial from $40.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 10th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Fidelity National Financial in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $44.60.
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In related news, CFO Anthony Park sold 138,941 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.28, for a total value of $5,735,484.48. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 228,280 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,423,398.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Daniel D. Lane sold 27,097 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.51, for a total transaction of $1,043,505.47. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 256,766 shares in the company, valued at $9,888,058.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 246,786 shares of company stock worth $10,293,143. 5.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.
About Fidelity National Financial
Fidelity National Financial, Inc (FNF) is a holding company. FNF, through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services. FNF operates in four segments: Fidelity National Title Group, Remy, Restaurant Group and Corporate and Other. The Fidelity National Title Group segment consists of the operations of FNF’s title insurance underwriters and related businesses.
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