First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)’s share price hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $43.00 and last traded at $43.00, with a volume of 35,102 shares traded. 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 report on Friday, April 22nd.

The firm has a market capitalization of $385.17 million and a P/E ratio of 14.23. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $39.68 and a 200-day moving average of $38.99.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 18th. The company reported $0.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.10. On average, equities research analysts forecast that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post $3.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP Gregory R. Allen sold 2,000 shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.88, for a total value of $77,760.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 18,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $701,978.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director William J. Small sold 1,250 shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.71, for a total transaction of $49,637.50. Following the completion of the transaction, 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 raised its position in First Defiance Financial Corp. stock. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) by 19.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 71,200 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 11,700 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System owned about 0.78% of First Defiance Financial Corp. worth $2,690,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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.

Get Analysts' Upgrades and Downgrades Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of analysts' upgrades, downgrades and new coverage with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.