Capitala Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:CPTA) saw strong trading volume on Monday . 74,582 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 15% from the previous session’s volume of 65,091 shares.The stock last traded at $14.79 and had previously closed at $14.74.

A number of research analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Capitala Finance Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday. Wunderlich cut their price objective on shares of Capitala Finance Corp. from $16.50 to $15.50 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 13th. FBR & Co downgraded shares of Capitala Finance Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $14.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, May 11th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Capitala Finance Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, April 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.33.

The firm has a 50 day moving average of $14.40 and a 200-day moving average of $12.88.

The business also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 29th. Investors of record on Friday, July 22nd were given a dividend of $0.1567 per share. This represents a $1.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 12.77%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, July 20th.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Capitala Finance Corp. stock. KEMPER Corp increased its position in Capitala Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:CPTA) by 5.0% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 226,247 shares of the investment management company’s stock after buying an additional 10,771 shares during the period. Capitala Finance Corp. accounts for approximately 1.3% of KEMPER Corp’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 11th largest position. KEMPER Corp’s holdings in Capitala Finance Corp. were worth $2,733,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Capitala Finance Corp. is an externally managed non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. Both directly and through its subsidiaries that are licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), the Company offers financing to business owners, management teams and financial sponsors for change of ownership transactions, recapitalizations, strategic acquisitions, business expansion and other growth initiatives.

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