First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) shares reached a new 52-week high on Monday . The company traded as high as $44.75 and last traded at $44.68, with a volume of 15,856 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $44.53.

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

The stock has a market capitalization of $402.04 million and a PE ratio of 14.84. The company’s 50-day moving average is $41.79 and its 200 day moving average is $39.84.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 19th will be given a $0.22 dividend. This represents a $0.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.96%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 17th.

In other news, Director William J. Small sold 1,584 shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.40, for a total value of $62,409.60. Following the transaction, the director now owns 52,082 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,052,030.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Gregory R. Allen sold 1,000 shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.03, for a total transaction of $43,030.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 16,092 shares in the company, valued at approximately $692,438.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in First Defiance Financial Corp. stock. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its position 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 about 0.78% of First Defiance Financial Corp. worth $2,690,000 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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