Headlines about State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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. State Auto Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.4324280395954 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of State Auto Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 17th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $30.00 price objective on shares of State Auto Financial and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, August 6th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of State Auto Financial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 4th.

STFC stock traded down $0.05 during trading on Friday, reaching $30.89. 32,360 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 29,664. The stock has a market cap of $1.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -77.23 and a beta of 0.71. State Auto Financial has a twelve month low of $22.89 and a twelve month high of $34.31. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 0.05 and a quick ratio of 0.05.

State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 6th. The insurance provider reported ($0.08) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $341.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $332.10 million. State Auto Financial had a negative return on equity of 0.25% and a negative net margin of 0.82%. State Auto Financial’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($0.04) earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that State Auto Financial will post 1.1 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, September 12th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, September 11th. State Auto Financial’s dividend payout ratio is -75.00%.

In related news, SVP Steven Eugene English sold 3,299 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.17, for a total transaction of $99,530.83. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 38,745 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,168,936.65. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 29,498 shares of company stock valued at $907,644. 1.54% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About State Auto Financial

State Auto Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal, business, and specialty insurance products. It operates through four segments: Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance, Specialty Insurance, and Investment Operations. The Personal Insurance segment primarily provides personal automobile, homeowners insurance, and other personal insurance products.

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