Media stories about First American (NYSE:FAF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First American earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.7012320879421 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of First American (NYSE:FAF) traded up $0.20 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $55.77. 406,872 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 578,747. First American has a one year low of $36.50 and a one year high of $56.83. The stock has a market cap of $6,170.00, a PE ratio of 15.94, a P/E/G ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 0.74.

First American (NYSE:FAF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The insurance provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.00 by $0.12. First American had a net margin of 4.88% and a return on equity of 14.30%. The company had revenue of $1.52 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.51 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.96 EPS. First American’s revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that First American will post 3.51 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.73%. First American’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 60.08%.

FAF has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First American from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Barclays lifted their price target on shares of First American from $52.00 to $60.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th.

In other First American news, COO Christopher Michael Leavell sold 75,843 shares of First American stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.25, for a total value of $4,190,325.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Mark Edward Seaton sold 9,981 shares of First American stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.87, for a total transaction of $547,657.47. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 193,161 shares of company stock valued at $10,639,325. 3.10% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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First American Company Profile

First American Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of providing financial services. The Company operates through the title insurance and services segment, and specialty insurance segment. The title insurance and services segment provides title insurance, closing and/or escrow services and similar or related services domestically and internationally in connection with residential and commercial real estate transactions.

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