Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) shares hit a new 52-week high during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $45.00 and last traded at $45.00, with a volume of 372,181 shares. The stock had previously closed at $44.30.

Several research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 15th. FBR & Co boosted their target price on Stewart Information Services Corp. from $37.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock a “mkt perform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 22nd. TheStreet raised Stewart Information Services Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 24th. CIBC reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and issued a $16.25 price objective (up previously from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a research note on Friday, May 13th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and issued a $17.00 price objective (up previously from $16.00) on shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. in a research note on Friday, May 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. Stewart Information Services Corp. has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $33.05.

The stock’s market capitalization is $1.05 billion. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $42.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $37.07.

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.02. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.05 EPS. The company earned $489.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $569.04 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Stewart Information Services Corp. will post $2.40 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director James M. Chadwick bought 55,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 13th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $36.40 per share, for a total transaction of $2,002,000.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 3,598 shares in the company, valued at $130,967.20. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of 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 valued at $22,964,000 after buying an additional 37,084 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Stewart Information Services Corp. by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,888,947 shares of the company’s stock valued at $70,515,000 after buying an additional 15,962 shares in the last quarter. 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 valued at $1,435,000 after buying an additional 1,165 shares in the last quarter. 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 valued at $4,509,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Hodges Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of 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 valued at $2,285,000 after buying an additional 200 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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