News coverage about State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. State Auto Financial Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.9279741438648 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of State Auto Financial Corporation (STFC) opened at 24.46 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $25.12 and a 200-day moving average of $25.86. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.03 billion, a PE ratio of 22.06 and a beta of 0.90. State Auto Financial Corporation has a 1-year low of $19.54 and a 1-year high of $27.97.

State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The insurance provider reported ($0.04) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.16) by $0.12. The company had revenue of $339.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $341.30 million. State Auto Financial Corporation had a net margin of 3.33% and a return on equity of 1.46%. The firm’s revenue was up 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.69) earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that State Auto Financial Corporation will post $0.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

STFC has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of State Auto Financial Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. TheStreet cut shares of State Auto Financial Corporation from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Monday, May 22nd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of State Auto Financial Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of State Auto Financial Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Sunday, July 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold”.

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In other State Auto Financial Corporation news, insider Jessica Elizabeth Clark sold 18,458 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.55, for a total value of $453,143.90. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Insiders sold 65,569 shares of company stock worth $1,606,555 over the last quarter. 1.54% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

State Auto Financial Corporation Company Profile

State Auto Financial Corporation is a property and casualty insurance holding company. The Company is engaged in writing personal, business and specialty insurance. Its segments include Personal Insurance Segment, Commercial Insurance Segment and Specialty Insurance Segment. Its Personal Insurance Segment include personal auto, homeowners and other personal; Commercial Insurance Segment include commercial auto, small commercial package, middle market commercial, workers’ compensation and other commercial, and Specialty Insurance Segment include Excess & Surplus (E&S) property, E&S casualty and programs.

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