Astoria Financial Corp. (NYSE:AF) saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 751,837 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 36% from the previous session’s volume of 553,431 shares.The stock last traded at $15.10 and had previously closed at $14.96.

Several research firms have weighed in on AF. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Astoria Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, April 11th. TheStreet raised shares of Astoria Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Astoria Financial Corp. has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of €15.78 ($17.34).

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $15.38 and its 200-day moving average is $15.25. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.52 billion and a PE ratio of 19.38.

Astoria Financial Corp. (NYSE:AF) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.17 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Astoria Financial Corp. will post $0.61 earnings per share for the current year.

Other hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Comerica Bank boosted its stake in shares of Astoria Financial Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 92,255 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,369,000 after buying an additional 302 shares during the period. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its position in shares of Astoria Financial Corp. by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 82,044 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,300,000 after buying an additional 1,114 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Astoria Financial Corp. by 4.1% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 153,482 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,433,000 after buying an additional 6,025 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its position in shares of Astoria Financial Corp. by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 247,774 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,927,000 after buying an additional 15,500 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Astoria Financial Corp. by 5.8% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 616,819 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,777,000 after buying an additional 33,907 shares in the last quarter.

Astoria Financial Corporation is the unitary savings and loan holding company of Astoria Bank and its subsidiaries. The Company’s principal business includes the operation of its wholly owned subsidiary, Astoria Bank. Astoria Bank’s business is attracting retail deposits from the general public and businesses and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations, principal repayments on loans and securities and borrowings, in multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loans, one-to-four family, or residential, mortgage loans, and mortgage-backed securities.

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