Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) shares traded up 2.9% on Thursday . The company traded as high as $33.51 and last traded at $33.02, with a volume of 333,010 shares. The stock had previously closed at $32.10.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Stifel Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, June 8th. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Stifel Financial Corp. in a report on Tuesday, May 10th. Nomura Holdings Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Stifel Financial Corp. in a report on Monday. Finally, Nomura lowered their target price on Stifel Financial Corp. from $44.00 to $43.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $39.67.

The company has a market cap of $2.18 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.41. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $34.21 and its 200-day moving average price is $32.92.

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 9th. The financial services provider reported $0.57 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.06. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.65 EPS. The business had revenue of $620 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $600.83 million. Stifel Financial Corp.’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Stifel Financial Corp. will post $2.47 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Kelvin R. Westbrook sold 4,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.50, for a total transaction of $168,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 8,509 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $319,087.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Ben A. Plotkin sold 15,270 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.69, for a total value of $560,256.30. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 138,309 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,074,557.21. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the company. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. boosted its position in Stifel Financial Corp. by 213.8% in the fourth quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 49,169 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,083,000 after buying an additional 33,500 shares in the last quarter. Tributary Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Stifel Financial Corp. by 3.5% in the fourth quarter. Tributary Capital Management LLC now owns 199,148 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $8,436,000 after buying an additional 6,671 shares during the period. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in Stifel Financial Corp. by 48.7% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 43,968 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,863,000 after buying an additional 14,405 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board boosted its position in Stifel Financial Corp. by 13.5% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 293,397 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $12,428,000 after buying an additional 34,958 shares during the period. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. purchased a new position in Stifel Financial Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $9,130,000.

Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial holding company. The Company operates in three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group and Other. Global Wealth Management segment is engaged in the provision of Customer Financing and Asset Management, and operates Consolidated Stifel Branch System and Stifel Bank.

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