Hilltop (HTH) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Headlines about Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.9696584543141 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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HTH has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Stephens downgraded shares of Hilltop from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Piper Jaffray reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Hilltop in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Hilltop from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.50.

Shares of NYSE HTH opened at $23.46 on Friday. Hilltop has a twelve month low of $21.47 and a twelve month high of $28.86. The firm has a market cap of $2,251.88, a P/E ratio of 14.13 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03.

Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.02. Hilltop had a net margin of 7.74% and a return on equity of 8.46%. The firm had revenue of $399.15 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $390.05 million. research analysts predict that Hilltop will post 1.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hilltop announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, January 25th that authorizes the company to repurchase $50.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

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About Hilltop

Hilltop Holdings Inc provides banking and financial products and services. Its Banking segment offers savings, checking, interest-bearing checking, and money market accounts; certificates of deposit; lines and letters of credit, home improvement and equity loans, loans for purchasing and carrying securities, equipment loans and leases, agricultural and commercial real estate loans, and other loans; and commercial, industrial, and single family residential mortgage loans.

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