First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)’s share price hit a new 52-week high on Monday . The stock traded as high as $43.00 and last traded at $43.00, with a volume of 35,102 shares. The stock had previously closed at $41.92.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, April 22nd.

The firm’s 50-day moving average is $39.55 and its 200-day moving average is $38.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $384.10 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.19.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 18th. The company reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.10. Equities analysts anticipate that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post $3.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other First Defiance Financial Corp. news, Director William J. Small sold 1,584 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.40, for a total value of $62,409.60. Following the sale, the director now owns 52,082 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,052,030.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director William J. Small sold 1,250 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.71, for a total value of $49,637.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 51,752 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,055,071.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

An institutional investor recently bought a new position in First Defiance Financial Corp. stock. Bailard Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 58,525 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,211,000. First Defiance Financial Corp. makes up about 1.0% of Bailard Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 23rd largest position. Bailard Inc. owned about 0.64% of First Defiance Financial Corp. at the end of the most recent quarter.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (First Defiance) is a unitary thrift holding company that focuses on traditional banking and property and casualty, life and group health insurance products. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, First Federal Bank of the Midwest (First Federal or the Bank), First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc (First Insurance) and First Defiance Risk Management Inc First Federal is a federally chartered stock savings bank.

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