Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC)’s share price hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $44.43 and last traded at $43.69, with a volume of 47,504 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $43.63.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. TheStreet raised shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 24th. CIBC reissued a “sector perform” rating and issued a $16.25 price target (up previously from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Friday, May 13th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “sector perform” rating and issued a $17.00 price target (up previously from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, FBR & Co reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Saturday, April 23rd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $31.25.

The firm’s market capitalization is $1.02 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $39.34 and a 200-day moving average price of $35.77.

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported ($0.48) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.16) by $0.32. The firm had revenue of $438.23 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $422.03 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.52 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Stewart Information Services Corp. will post $2.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 13th were paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 9th.

In related news, insider Steven Mark Lessack sold 3,353 shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. stock in a transaction on Friday, April 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.12, for a total transaction of $117,757.36. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 4,307 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $151,261.84. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director James M. Chadwick bought 55,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 13th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $36.40 per share, with a total value of $2,002,000.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 3,598 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $130,967.20. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Hodges Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Hodges Capital Management Inc. now owns 61,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,285,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 42,564 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,589,000 after buying an additional 751 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 120,796 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,509,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 3.1% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 38,445 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,435,000 after buying an additional 1,165 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Boston Partners increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 231,149 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,629,000 after buying an additional 7,176 shares in the last quarter.

Stewart Information Services Corporation is a title insurance and real estate services company. The Company offers its products and services through its direct operations, network of approved agencies and other companies within the Stewart family of companies. It also provides loan origination and servicing support; loan review services; loss mitigation; Real estate owned (REO) asset management; collateral valuations; due diligence for capital markets; home and personal insurance services; tax-deferred exchanges, and technology to streamline the real estate process.

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