Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE:EFC) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Thursday . 88,009 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 17% from the previous session’s volume of 75,388 shares.The stock last traded at $16.85 and had previously closed at $17.06.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on EFC shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Ellington Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 11th. Deutsche Bank AG raised their target price on Ellington Financial from $22.00 to $22.50 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. FBR & Co started coverage on Ellington Financial in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. They set an “outperform” rating and a $20.50 target price on the stock. Finally, Maxim Group dropped their target price on Ellington Financial from $22.50 to $21.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, April 18th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $21.50.

The company’s market cap is $553.77 million. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $17.35 and its 200 day moving average price is $17.03.

Ellington Financial (NYSE:EFC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, May 6th. The company reported ($0.69) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.48 by $1.17. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.57 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Ellington Financial LLC will post $0.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 1st were given a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, May 27th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 11.86%.

A number of large investors recently made changes to their positions in EFC. EJF Capital LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ellington Financial by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. EJF Capital LLC now owns 80,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,342,000 after buying an additional 5,000 shares during the period. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ellington Financial by 9.2% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 390,319 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,550,000 after buying an additional 33,009 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BBR Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ellington Financial by 32.9% in the fourth quarter. BBR Partners LLC now owns 725,551 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,175,000 after buying an additional 179,675 shares during the last quarter.

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