Shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) saw unusually-high trading volume on Tuesday . Approximately 312,399 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 104% from the previous session’s volume of 153,490 shares.The stock last traded at $42.94 and had previously closed at $43.25.

STC has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday. TheStreet upgraded shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and set a $17.00 target price (up previously from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a research note on Friday, May 13th. CIBC restated a “sector perform” rating and set a $16.25 target price (up previously from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a research note on Friday, May 13th. Finally, FBR & Co restated a “hold” rating on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $31.25.

The company’s market capitalization is $1.00 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $40.53 and its 200 day moving average price is $36.06.

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported ($0.48) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates 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. Stewart Information Services Corp.’s revenue was down 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.52 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Stewart Information Services Corp. will post $2.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 13th were issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.79%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 9th.

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

A number of large investors have bought and sold shares of STC. Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 65.9% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 99,755 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,724,000 after buying an additional 39,623 shares during the period. 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 during the period. 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 during the period. 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 during the period. 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 during the period.

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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