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

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on STC shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 20th. TheStreet raised Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and set a $17.00 price target (up from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Friday, May 13th. CIBC reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and set a $16.25 price target (up from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, FBR & Co reaffirmed 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’s stock. Stewart Information Services Corp. currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $31.25.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $39.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $35.84. The firm’s market capitalization is $1.02 billion.

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported ($0.48) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.16) by $0.32. The business earned $438.23 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $422.03 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.52 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Stewart Information Services Corp. will post $2.56 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 13th were issued a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 9th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.76%.

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

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in STC. Hodges Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in 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 valued at $2,285,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its position in 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 valued at $1,589,000 after buying an additional 751 shares during the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its position in 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 valued at $4,509,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in Stewart Information Services Corp. by 3.1% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 38,445 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,435,000 after buying an additional 1,165 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Boston Partners boosted its position in Stewart Information Services Corp. by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 231,149 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,629,000 after buying an additional 7,176 shares during 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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