News coverage about Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.1803629633757 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Hilltop (NYSE HTH) traded down $0.13 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $24.87. 638,664 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 339,414. The firm has a market cap of $2,316.23, a PE ratio of 15.38 and a beta of 1.03. Hilltop has a twelve month low of $21.47 and a twelve month high of $30.60. The company has a quick ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.06 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.97%. Hilltop’s payout ratio is 15.29%.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Hilltop from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. BidaskClub lowered shares of Hilltop from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 5th. UBS lowered shares of Hilltop from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Raymond James Financial reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Hilltop in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on shares of Hilltop in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.30.

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Hilltop Company Profile

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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