First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $44.28 and last traded at $44.10, with a volume of 22,858 shares. The stock had previously closed at $43.84.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 21st.

The firm has a market capitalization of $395.93 million and a PE ratio of 14.62. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $40.85 and a 200-day moving average of $39.57.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 19th will be issued a $0.22 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $0.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.00%.

In other First Defiance Financial Corp. news, Director William J. Small sold 1,584 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.40, for a total transaction of $62,409.60. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 52,082 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,052,030.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.03, for a total value of $43,030.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 16,092 shares in the company, valued at $692,438.76. 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 boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) by 19.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 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.

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