Shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $44.44 and last traded at $44.43, with a volume of 180,088 shares. The stock had previously closed at $43.80.

STC has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 15th. TheStreet upgraded Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 24th. FBR & Co increased their price target on Stewart Information Services Corp. from $37.00 to $46.00 and gave the company a “mkt perform” rating in a report on Friday, July 22nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $17.00 price target (up from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Friday, May 13th. Finally, CIBC reiterated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $16.25 price target (up from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a report on Friday, May 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $33.05.

The company’s market capitalization is $1.04 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $42.15 and its 200 day moving average is $36.72.

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $1.00 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.02. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.05 EPS. The business earned $489.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $569.04 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that Stewart Information Services Corp. will post $2.40 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Stewart Information Services Corp. news, Director James M. Chadwick purchased 55,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 13th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $36.40 per share, for a total transaction of $2,002,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 3,598 shares in the company, valued at approximately $130,967.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have bought and sold shares of STC. Rhumbline Advisers raised 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 period. California State Teachers Retirement System raised 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 worth $1,589,000 after buying an additional 751 shares in the last quarter. Hodges Capital Management Inc. raised 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 worth $2,285,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised 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 worth $4,509,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in Stewart Information Services Corp. by 6.4% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 615,172 shares of the company’s stock worth $22,964,000 after buying an additional 37,084 shares in 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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