Press coverage about Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7171844853604 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. ValuEngine raised shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. UBS AG downgraded shares of Hilltop Holdings from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. reaffirmed an “underperform” rating on shares of Hilltop Holdings in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Hilltop Holdings has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $32.08.

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE HTH) opened at 24.12 on Friday. Hilltop Holdings has a 1-year low of $21.04 and a 1-year high of $30.60. The company has a market capitalization of $2.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 13.50 and a beta of 1.02. The company has a 50-day moving average of $24.58 and a 200-day moving average of $26.15.

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.63 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.43 by $0.20. Hilltop Holdings had a net margin of 10.02% and a return on equity of 9.39%. The firm had revenue of $460.67 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $431.80 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.32 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Hilltop Holdings will post $1.59 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 15th were paid a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 11th. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.00%. Hilltop Holdings’s dividend payout ratio is presently 13.41%.

In related news, Director J Markham Green sold 4,389 shares of Hilltop Holdings stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.98, for a total transaction of $114,026.22. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 114,763 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,981,542.74. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Hill A. Feinberg sold 225,000 shares of Hilltop Holdings stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.82, for a total transaction of $5,809,500.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 1,083,878 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $27,985,729.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 22.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Hilltop Holdings

Hilltop Holdings Inc is a financial holding Company. The Company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank (the Bank). It has three operating business units, which include PlainsCapital Corporation (PCC) (banking and mortgage origination), Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC (Securities Holdings) (broker-dealer) and PlainsCapital Company (NLC) (insurance).

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